Deans' mandates renewed
Dean of Medicine Dr Abraham Fuks and Dean of Science Alan Shaver are reappointed to second 5-year terms.
Deans of Medicine and of Science renewed for a second five-year term
In response to the unanimous recommendation of the Advisory committees and of Principal Bernard Shapiro, the Board of Governors of McGill University appointed yesterday Dr Abraham Fuks, Dean of Medicine and Professor Alan Shaver, Dean of Science, to a second 5-year term at the helm of their respective faculties.
Speaking of Dean Fukss reappointment, Principal Shapiro expressed admiration for his remarkable contribution to the advancement of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) project. According to the Principal, "the participation of Dean Fuks in the MUHC project has been and continues to be vital, not only to the realization of this project in general but also to the safeguarding of McGills academic and professional interests in the MUHCs future."
Dr Abraham Fuks, whose second term ends May 31, 2005, is a graduate of McGill University, from which he obtained both his B.Sc. and his M.D, C.M. degrees in 1968 and 1970 respectively. He has been on staff since 1978 and holds the rank of Full Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology and the McGill Cancer Centre. A widely respected scientist and professor, Dean Fuks is also an effective negotiator and a skilled administrator.
Dean Fuks has served on innumerable committees such as the Institutional Review Board of the Faculty of Medicine dealing with ethical issues, the Advisory Committee on Research of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and he was a key member of the Faculty of Medicines Curriculum Implementation Committee. Given the size of the Faculty of Medicines activities within the University, the Dean of Medicine is the only Dean invited to the weekly meeting of the Principal and Vice-Principals. "In this context," explained Principal Shapiro, " Dr Fuks has been a very active and very creative contributor on a wide range of university issues not related directly to his own faculty."
Professor Alan Shaver, according to Principal Shapiro, "has provided exemplary leadership to the faculty of Science in a very difficult and challenging period. Despite the dramatic budget constraints imposed on the Faculty of Science and other McGill faculties, he has managed to provide new openings and new opportunities for academic development. Professor Shaver collaborated extensively in the establishment of the McGill School of the Environment, and is very active in university governance."
A graduate of Carleton University from which he received his B.Sc. (Honours) in 1969, Dean Alan Shaver pursued his studies in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which granted him a Ph.D. in 1972. He joined the McGill University Department of Chemistry in 1975 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1989, and appointed Chair of the Chemistry Department in 1991. Considered an excellent teacher by his students, Professor Shaver has supervised the research of many graduate students. His research interest is in the area of organometallic chemistry, with nearly 100 publications in refereed journals.