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Search begins for Queen’s next provost

The search for Queen’s University’s next provost and vice-principal (academic) is underway as an advisory selection committee, established and chaired by Principal Daniel Woolf, begins the recruitment process.

Alan Harrison was appointed Queen’s first provost and vice-principal (academic) in 2011, following an exhaustive international search. His term ends on July 31, 2016. The position was previously filled on an interim basis by Robert Silverman.

Alan Harrison,
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

“I appointed Alan Harrison as our Provost because, apart from his many other skills and experience at other institutions, he had expertise in the kind of activity-based budgeting that I believe is important for the university’s progress. At the time of his appointment, Dr. Harrison indicated to me that he would serve only one term,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “His success in implementing the new budget model has helped the university align its financial decision-making with its academic priorities and I am extremely grateful for both his work and his counsel.”

The advisory selection committee has retained Boyden global executive search, a firm with considerable experience in recruiting academic leaders, to assist in the search process. A notice for the position has been posted on the university’s website.

“The provost plays a key role at Queen’s, acting as the university’s chief academic, operating and budget officer,” says Principal Woolf. “Over the coming months, the committee will undertake an extensive search process to advise me on the best candidate to fill this important position.”

The provost has responsibility for the university’s academic programs and budget, and plays a central role in implementing the principal’s strategic priorities. The advisory selection committee includes representation from Queen’s faculty, staff, students, Senate and the Board of Trustees, and aims to have the next provost in office by Aug. 1, 2016.

Members of the advisory selection committee:

  • 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 of the 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)