The office of McGill University's Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) has announced the appointment of Ms. Sandra Crocker to the newly created position of Assistant Vice-Principal (Research Operations), effective November 1, 2007.
The Assistant Vice-Principal (Research Operations) will report to the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) and will be part of the senior management group responsible for planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive research strategy for McGill and its affiliated hospital network.
In the context of this strategy, Ms. Crocker will be responsible for overseeing and delivering high quality, highly efficient support services to the McGill research community. She will be also be tasked with the identification and development of research funding opportunities, and will act as the University's representative on internal and external research committees and boards. She will also assume responsibility for the sound administrative and financial management of grants, contracts and agreements, for maximizing research performance and for the support of researchers in the context of their contract negotiations.
Ms. Crocker has had a distinguished career in research administration, most recently as Associate Vice-Principal (Research) in the Office of the Vice-Principal Research at Queen's University, where she was responsible for promoting multi-faceted research initiatives involving cross-disciplinary teams of researchers and external industrial and community partners. Prior to that role, she served as Queen's University's Director of the Office of Research Services, and also served as President of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA). Ms. Crocker is a member of the International Society for Research Administration, the editorial review board of The Journal of Research Administration, and she sits on the boards of the Biocap Canada Charitable Foundation Inc., Insect Biotec Canada Inc., the Kingston Technology Council and the Ontario Centre for Communications and Information Technology.
“This new position is part of our strategy to streamline and strengthen research activities at the University,” says Denis Thérien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). “Sandra Crocker brings tremendous expertise to these important tasks, and I am very pleased that McGill will be benefitting from her substantial experience.”