McGill recruits world-renowned IT pioneer


Published: 22Jun2005

Peter A. Todd to lead Faculty of Management, boost Canadian brain gain

A McGill graduate is returning to his alma mater as Dean of McGill University's Faculty of Management. Peter A. Todd, a leading expert in the use and organization of information technology (IT), will begin in his new role on July 5, 2005.

Dr. Todd, currently Senior Associate Dean at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, has earned an outstanding reputation for his research into user satisfaction of information technology and the impact that information systems have on the business world. Dr. Todd is known for his cutting-edge research into how people relate to technology-related change, including such emerging fields as online shopping.

Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, said Dr. Todd will be joining the prestigious Faculty of Management at a critical and exciting time.

"This is a superb appointment — a perfect fit between the achievements, standards and aspirations of McGill University, its Faculty of Management and Professor Todd's international record of achievement," said Principal Munroe-Blum. "We are overwhelmingly happy with the return of this exceptional alumnus, who will lead the Faculty in which he was educated."

"Our goal is to build on the Faculty's tradition of innovation and leadership to take management education to new levels of excellence," Dr. Todd said. "I look forward to returning to Montreal to work with the students and faculty at one of North America's most exciting business schools, McGill's Faculty of Management. I am also excited about the opportunity to engage with a vital business community known for its focus on technology and innovation. I'm thrilled to be returning to Montreal and my alma mater."

Over the last two decades, Dr. Todd has held leadership roles at some of North America's most renowned universities. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, he was Director of the Information Systems Research Center (ISRC) and Associate Dean at the University of Houston College of Business Administration. As ISRC director, he conducted research and ran executive education programs for senior IT executives.

Before leaving for the United States, Dr. Todd was a professor of management information systems at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also served as Queen's director of research and PhD programs. He has a PhD in information systems from the University of British Columbia and earned his bachelor of commerce from McGill University in 1983.

About the Faculty of Management
McGill's Faculty of Management, which is home to 75 professors and more than 2,800 students, is widely recognized as one of North America's most globally diversified business schools. The McGill MBA program is one of the most international with over half of its student body hailing from over 25 different nations. Two-thirds of faculty are from abroad and the school's curriculum leans toward advancing an understanding of global issues.

About McGill University
McGill University is Canada's leading research-intensive university and has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse education environments in North America. There are approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students. It is one of two Canadian members of the American Association of Universities. McGill's two campuses are located in Montreal, Canada.