Alberta academic returns to Kingston
KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Daniel Robert Woolf will become the
20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University on September 1, 2009.
Dr. Woolf is currently the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Professor,
Department of History and Classics, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
He is a proud Queen's alumnus and Queen's parent.
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Woolf
back to Queen's," said Chair William Young. "He is a noted scholar with
significant leadership and management credentials that will serve the
Dr. Woolf was appointed by the Board on the unanimous recommendation of a
Joint Board/Senate Advisory Committee to select the next principal. The
Committee began its work in May 2008 chaired by University Chancellor David
"Dr. Woolf is perfectly positioned to ensure Queen's meets the challenges
ahead in this critical time in Canadian post secondary education," said
Dr Woolf's academic career includes time at Queen's, Bishop's University,
Dalhousie University and McMaster University. He is a specialist in early
modern British cultural history and in the history of historical thought and
writing both in Britain and globally. He will begin an academic appointment in
the Department of History at Queen's on July 1.
"I am thrilled to be returning to Queen's and to Kingston," said Dr.
Woolf. "Queen's has remained my intellectual home and I credit my career
achievements in large measure to the education I received here. I have a firm
knowledge of Queen's and its traditions and look forward to contributing
further in my new capacity."
Dr. Woolf will succeed Principal Tom Williams, who has led the University
since May 2008.
"It's been a very rewarding experience serving as Principal of this
wonderful institution," said Williams. "I will be working with Dr. Woolf in
the months to come, and will do everything I can to make the transition
seamless for him and the entire Queen's community."
"This is an exciting moment for Queen's," said student Rector Leora
Jackson. "Dr. Woolf's involvement as a Queen's student and parent and his
long-standing commitment to academia give him a solid understanding of the
One of Canada's leading universities, Queen's has a reputation for
scholarship, research and public service, shaping Canadian values and policies
and educating many of the country's most notable political and cultural
figures for over 165 years.
Board Chair William Young, Principal Williams, and Dr. Woolf will be
available for media interviews by phone throughout the afternoon.
Attention broadcasters: Queen's has facilities to provide broadcast
quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a
live, real-time double ender from Kingston via fibre optic cable. Please call
For further information:
For further information: To arrange an interview: Alissa Clark, Queen's
News and Media Services, (613) 533-6000 ext. 77513, Alissa.email@example.com