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New Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Appointed

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf is pleased to announce the appointment of Benoit-Antoine Bacon as provost and vice-principal (academic), approved by the Queen’s Board of Trustees for a five-year term, effective Aug. 1, 2016.  

About Benoit-Antoine Bacon

Benoit-Antoine Bacon

Dr. Bacon has served as the provost and vice-president, academic affairs, at Concordia University since July 2013.

Dr. Bacon holds a PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Montreal (1999), after which he undertook an NSERC-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow, U.K.

He joined Bishop’s University as an assistant professor of Psychology in 2004. He was appointed chair of Bishop’s Department of Psychology in 2008, and he was granted full professorship in 2012. He is a three-time recipient of Bishop’s Merit Award for exceptional performance in teaching and research.

From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Bacon was the academic chief negotiator for the Association of Professors of Bishop’s University on several collective agreements. He served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 2011 to 2013, and concurrently as associate vice-principal, research, from 2012 to 2013.

Dr. Bacon’s research in the field of cognitive neuroscience focuses on the links between brain activity and perception in the visual and auditory systems, as well as on multisensory integration. He remains associated with the Montreal-based Neuropsychology and Cognition Research Center, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).


Alan Harrison was appointed Queen’s provost and vice-principal (academic) in 2011. He will retire from the position when his term ends on July 31.


Advisory Selection Committee

Queen’s Board of Trustees approved Dr. Bacon’s nomination following a search process conducted by an advisory selection committee chaired by Principal Woolf. After a comprehensive search that resulted in a robust list of highly qualified candidates, the committee unanimously recommended Dr. Bacon for the position.

The committee included representatives from Queen’s faculty (including elected representatives from Senate), staff, students and the Board of Trustees. The committee was assisted in the process by Boyden Global Executive Search, a firm with considerable experience in recruiting senior academic leaders.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for participating in the search process. Your attention to this matter and thoughtful advice has resulted in the recruitment of a new provost who will help us advance the university’s academic mission for years to come.
– Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Advisory selection committee members:

  • Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Kathryn Brohman, Associate Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Management Information Systems, School of Business
  • Irène Bujara, University Advisor on Equity
  • Kanivanan Chinniah, AMS President
  • Chris Cochrane, SGPS President
  • Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance & Administration)
  • Oded Haklai, Professor, Political Studies
  • Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Colin Lynch, Representative, Board of Trustees
  • Kent Novakowski, Professor, Civil Engineering
  • David Pugh, Professor, Languages, Literature, Cultures
  • Richard Reznick, Dean of Health Sciences
  • Arig al Shaibah, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Lori Stewart, Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
  • Craig Walker, Professor and Director, School of Drama and Music
  • Susan P.C. Cole, Bracken Chair in Genetics & Molecular Medicine Professor, Departments of Pathology & Molecular Medicine and Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Division of Cancer Biology & Genetics, Queen’s University Cancer Research institute
  • Lynda Colgan, Associate Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education, Education
  • Sheilagh Dunn, Executive Director, Office of the Principal (Recording Secretary)

Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic) search details
a Human Resources Executive Opportunities posting (PDF 100 KB)