Appointments of new Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) and Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), re-appointment of Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Dear members of the McGill community:

I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr. David Eidelman as Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and the appointments of Professor Yves Beauchamp as Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) and Professor Martha Crago as Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation).

Dr. Eidelman’s second five-year term begins on July 1, 2017. Prof. Beauchamp will begin a five-and-a-half-year term on January 1, 2017. Prof. Crago begins a five-year term on July 1, 2017. McGill’s Board of Governors approved these appointments during the closed session of its meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Following a review of Dr. Eidelman’s performance and contributions during his first term, the Advisory Committee for the Possible Reappointment of the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine unanimously approved his second term. Dr. Eidelman is a McGill graduate and has previously held positions as the Chair of the University’s Department of Medicine, the Director of its Division of Respiratory Diseases, and Physician-in-Chief at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). His leadership, together with his clinical and research skills, has been essential in the planning and support of the Faculty’s programs that prepare students for their roles as health care providers and scientists in the 21st century. These initiatives include a new MDCM curriculum and renewed MD-PhD program, as well as a new strategic research plan that helped to attract major funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Among his accomplishments, he has strengthened the Faculty’s governance and management, while steering its undergraduate medical program through a challenging accreditation cycle. With his team, he also recently secured government funding for an operation plan to create a satellite medical campus in Outaouais, building on 30 years of partnership in the region.

The Advisory Committee for the Selection of a Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) and the Advisory Committee for the Selection of a Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) engaged in extensive searches.

Prof. Beauchamp has a long, distinguished career in higher education in Quebec. He brings to McGill a wealth of experience and expertise in academia, administration, government and institutional relations, and project development. From 2003 to 2013, Prof. Beauchamp served two terms as the Director General of École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), where he is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Through his leadership, ÉTS underwent extraordinary growth, including: more than doubling its student body, an almost five-fold increase in contracts and research grants, almost doubling the number of staff, implementing a sustainable development action plan across all services and departments, and conducting a major campus expansion and renovation. It was during this period that ÉTS initiated the Quartier de l’innovation partnership with McGill University. Prof. Beauchamp spent 2013-2015 at the Université de Montréal, where he contributed his expertise to developing a unified vision for the Site Outremont satellite campus and managing the Science and Engineering Complex infrastructure project. Prof. Beauchamp holds a PhD in industrial engineering from West Virginia University, and a BEng and an MScA from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Knight (CQ) of the National Order of Quebec.

Prof. Crago has a deep understanding of how universities and stakeholders can support and encourage research excellence and drive innovation. She was a professor in McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders for 17 years, and served in several senior administration positions from 1997 to 2005, including Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In 2005, she joined Université de Montréal as Vice-Rector Student Life, then Vice-President (International and Intergovernmental Relations). Prof. Crago currently serves as the Vice-President (Research) at Dalhousie University. Under her eight years of leadership, Dalhousie significantly increased its overall research funding, created a strategic research plan, successfully led several large-scale national research funding initiatives, and instituted new funding and productivity reporting. She is an active member of many research-related bodies, including the Advisory Panel for the Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science, and is currently the Chair of the U-15 Research Committee of Vice-Presidents of Research. As a researcher, she has published extensively in the areas of language acquisition and socialization. Prof. Crago is a triple-graduate of McGill, where she earned her PhD and MSc in communications sciences and disorders, and a BA in honors anthropology and sociology.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Eidelman, Prof. Beauchamp and Prof. Crago on their appointments.

I would like to thank the members of the three Advisory Committees, and everyone who participated in the search and evaluation processes. Your thoughtful contributions and diligence are greatly appreciated. We will be formally recognizing Dr. Rosie Goldstein’s six years of exemplary service as Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) closer to the end of her term in June. Thank-you to Professor Morty Yalovsky for his leadership as interim Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) since June 2016.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor