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News Release - Principal Patrick Deane announces next Queen's University Provost

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

(November 2019) Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane announced Mark F. Green (Sc’87) will serve as Queen’s next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). Dr. Green is a skilled and respected administrator, accomplished researcher, admired teacher, and champion of diversity and inclusivity, who currently holds the position of Vice Dean (Graduate Studies and Recruitment) at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s. He will begin his five-year term as Provost on March 1, 2020, succeeding Interim Provost Tom Harris.

Dr. Green has a long history at Queen’s. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Engineering in 1987 winning the Governor General’s medal for finishing first in his graduating year. He received a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies, earning a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1991. He returned to Queen’s as a postdoctoral fellow in 1991, was named a Queen’s National Scholar in 1993, and became a full Professor in 2001. He has held several administrative positions including Acting Associate Academic Dean (2013), Acting Head (2000, 2014-15) and Associate Head (2009-13, 2015-18) in the Department of Civil Engineering.

As an international research scholar, Dr. Green has more than 250 academic publications in his field of structural engineering. His award-winning work focuses on enabling structures, such as bridges, to withstand extreme conditions and more recently, sustainable engineering technologies. He won the Professional Engineers Ontario Medal for Research and Development (2013) and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000). Dr. Green has research collaborations across the globe including Hong Kong, Turkey, France and the UK.  In 2013-14, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) Visiting Fellow and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Green has supported many students over his time as a faculty member, many of whom have gone on to join the academy as faculty members. He believes in cross-disciplinary work and holds a faculty appointment not only in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and has been cross appointed to both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education.

A member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Dr. Green has an active interest in encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusivity throughout the university. He was the co-chair of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force, as well as an advisor to the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion. He is also an advisor to the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science on the development of an Aboriginal Access to Engineering Initiative, previously served as the Co-Chair of Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, and as Chair of the First Nations Technical Institute.

Dr. Harris was appointed Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) in 2018. He will retire from the position when Dr. Green assumes the role in March 2020.


“It is a great privilege to accept this opportunity here at Queen’s, a place that has served as the backdrop for much of my educational and professional life. Queen’s is an exceptional institution with an incredible community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and I look forward to working together with them in my new role as Provost.”

- Mark F. Green, incoming Provost

“At a time when the university is embarking on a new vision, Dr. Green’s widely known and acknowledged ability to engage and lead others through consensus will be invaluable. He is a recognized scholar, an experienced administrator, and admired as a teacher. His unique perspective and diversity of experience will contribute greatly to our institution’s aspirations and vision for the future.”

- Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor


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