Queen’s names its next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Queen’s names its next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Mark F. Green will assume the role in March 2020.

By Dave Rideout

November 27, 2019


Mark F. Green
Mark F. Green will begin his five-year term as Provost and Vice-Principal on March 1, 2020.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane announced Mark F. Green (Sc’87) will serve as Queen’s University'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.

“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,” says Principal Deane. “He is a globally recognized scholar, an experienced administrator, and an admired teacher. His unique perspective and diversity of experience will contribute greatly to our institution’s aspirations and vision for the future.”

Dr. Green has a long history at Queen’s, having completed his undergraduate work here in 1987, and returning to undertake a post-doctoral fellowship after earning his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He was granted full professorship at Queen’s in 2001, and served as Acting Associate Academic Dean (2013),  Acting Head (2000, 2014-15) and Associate Head (2009-13, 2015-18) in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Green is an international research scholar in structural engineering whose award-winning work focuses on enabling structures, such as bridges, to withstand extreme conditions, and more recently on sustainable engineering technologies. He also champions multidisciplinary approaches to academic endeavours and has been cross-appointed to both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education.

“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,” says Dr. Green.  “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.”

Dr. Green is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and 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 (PICRDI). 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 Co-Chair of the 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.

“I want to express my utmost gratitude to Provost Harris for his dedication to the interim appointment and for his many years of service to Queen’s,” says Principal Deane. “Provost Harris brought a wealth of experience to the role and has been invaluable to me in this time of transition."

Members of the advisory selection committee:

The search for Queen’s University’s next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) was conducted by an advisory selection committee chaired by Daniel Woolf and Patrick Deane. The committee included representation from across the administration, faculty, and student body. Membership included:

  • Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Designate (Chair)
  • Jeremy Ambraska, SGPS President
  • Liying Cheng, Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Cathy Crudden, Professor, Chemistry
  • Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Janice Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
  • Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)
  • Ram Murty, Professor, Mathematics
  • Auston Pierce, AMS President
  • Fahim Quadir, Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Christine Sypnowich, Professor, Philosophy
  • Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research)
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