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Principal Deane seeking a second term

A Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship will be created to gather community feedback and provide a recommendation on the reappointment.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane has indicated that he wishes to be considered for reappointment once his current five-year term is complete in June 2024.

According to the Principalship Review and Search Policy, the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship, chaired by Chancellor Murray Sinclair, will provide a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Principal Deane’s reappointment.

Principal Deane was appointed the 21st Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University beginning July 1, 2019. Previously he served as president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University for nine years. Prior to that, he served as Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s from 2005 to 2010.

Committee Selection

During the committee selection process emphasis will be placed on ensuring those recommended for membership represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, including a diversity of academic disciplines and competencies required for the work. 

Full details on the application process and submission of expressions of interest are available on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website

The final membership of the review committee will be announced to the Queen’s community in early November.

Per the Policy, the Joint Board/Senate Committee will be composed as follows:

  • Chancellor, ex officio (non-voting except in the case of a tie)
  • Trustees:
    - Chair of the Board
    - Rector
    - Four Trustees selected from the Board appointed and/or Council elected Trustees
  • Senators:
    - A dean
    - One student senator
    - Four other senators, which shall include at least one faculty senator and one staff senator
  • University Secretary, ex officio and (non-voting)
  • Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion), ex officio (non-voting)
  • Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), ex officio (non-voting)

Community input

Once the review committee is in place, Queen's community members will be invited to submit their views on the principalship, and on the present state and future development of the university as they relate to the principalship. All submissions will be confidential.

The committee will meet late in the fall and the new year, and the final recommendation will be presented to the Board of Trustees in March.