Appointment notice: Associate Vice-Principal (University Services)

Published: 11 December 2006

To all faculty and staff:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor Jim Nicell as the Associate Vice-Principal (University Services), effective January 1, 2007.

As part of the reorganization of the Administration and Finance portfolios, this new position reports to the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) and jointly to the Provost for Health & Safety and Facilities Planning (with special emphasis on linking facilities development with academic priorities). Included in this new organization are:

  • Ancillary Services (including Purchasing Services),
  • Facilities Management,
  • Facilities Development,
  • Physical Planning, and
  • Public Safety (including Environmental Health & Safety, Security, and Fire Prevention).

Professor Nicell will be responsible for building a sense of unity and purpose between these University Services departments and the University community in support of the University's teaching, research and public service goals.

A full professor in McGill's Department of Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics, Professor Nicell has a proven track record in teaching, research and administration. He has received multiple teaching awards from the Faculty of Engineering and was named a William Dawson Scholar in 2002. He also played a significant role in the administration of the Faculty of Engineering as Associate Dean (Student Affairs). Professor Nicell has been recognized both inside and outside the McGill community for his research and leadership accomplishments.

Professor Nicell received his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 1991, a Master of Applied Science (MASc, Chemical Engineering) in 1986, and an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc, Chemical Engineering) in 1985 — all from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. Professor Nicell has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1990.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Professor Jim Nicell in his new position.


Morty Yalovsky
Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)

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