MONTREAL, March 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Governors of McGill
University is pleased to announce that Dr. Suzanne Fortier has been
selected as the University's 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Her five-year term will begin in early
Dr. Fortier was selected by a unanimous vote of the Board of Governors,
following a formal recommendation from the Advisory Committee formed to
assist in the search.
Dr. Fortier is a distinguished scientist, teacher and academic leader.
She is a proud graduate of McGill University, where she received a BSc
(1972) and a PhD (1976). An outstanding researcher, she has authored or
co-authored more than 80 scientific publications and earned numerous
national and international awards and distinctions.
"Dr. Fortier's record of outstanding scholarship, demonstrated
leadership in academic and research senior administration and success
in forming national and international partnerships gives her the ideal
qualifications to lead McGill at this time," says Stuart H. (Kip)
Cobbett, Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University.
"It is of special significance that she is returning to her alma mater
after having built an exceptional career on a national and
international scale. Her strong track record in fostering outstanding
programs of teaching, scholarship and research will serve McGill and
its mission superbly."
"Dr. Fortier will be great for McGill because of her extensive
experience, leadership abilities and love for McGill," says Haley
Dinel, Vice-President (University Affairs) of the Students' Society of
McGill University and a member of the Advisory Committee assisting in
"The remarkable string of positions Dr. Fortier has held and her
achievements in them tell us that she will be a strong leader for
McGill," says Dr. Bernard Robaire, Professor of Pharmacology and
Therapeutics and a fellow member of the Advisory Committee.
Dr. Fortier has served most recently as President of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in Ottawa.
Prior to joining NSERC in January 2006, she had served as Associate
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Vice-Principal (Research) and
Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario,
where she was also Professor of Chemistry.
"I am proud to be invited to serve as the next Principal and
Vice-Chancellor of McGill," says Dr. Fortier. "Principal Munroe-Blum
blazed a trail as McGill's first female Principal and as an exceptional
leader, and it will be an honour to follow in her footsteps. McGill
opened up a world of opportunities for me, and I look forward to
working closely with the McGill community upon my arrival."
"I am absolutely delighted at the forthcoming appointment of Dr. Fortier
as the 17th Principal & Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. She is an exceptional
person. She has distinguished herself in ways that prepare her
perfectly for this important role. We are lucky to have her coming to
us," says Principal Heather Munroe-Blum.
Professor Munroe-Blum's second and final term concludes on June 30,
2013. Dr. Fortier is complying with the transition period that must
occur between her departure from NSERC and her new opportunity at
McGill, in accordance with the Conflict of Interest Act and the Office
of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. An Acting
Principal will be appointed to serve from July to September.
For further details about the Principal-Designate or the selection of
the 17th McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, including the
membership of the Advisory Committee, the search criteria and the
phases of the selection process, please visit www.mcgill.ca/secretariat/advisory/principal-designate.
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