Appointment of new Dean of the Faculty of Arts, re-appointment of Vice-Principal (CER)

February 12, 2016

Dear members of the McGill community:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Antonia Maioni as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and the re-appointment of Mr. Olivier Marcil as Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations).

Professor Maioni’s five-year term will begin on July 1, 2016. Mr. Marcil’s second five-year term begins on July 15, 2016.

The Advisory Committee for the Selection of a Dean of the Faculty of Arts engaged in an extensive international search. The Faculty of Arts is a large and diverse humanities and social sciences faculty. It will be well served by the breadth and depth of Professor Maioni’s experience and skills as an accomplished scholar and a leader. Professor Maioni came to McGill in 1994, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Her research focuses on health-care reform and the Canadian political process. She has held visiting appointments at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the North American Studies program at Duke University, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. Professor Maioni served for 10 years as the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and is currently the Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations).  In addition, as a commentator with media such as CTV News and the Globe and Mail, she has regularly engaged audiences in thoughtful dialogues about public policy issues.

After a thorough review of Mr. Marcil’s performance and contributions during his first term – including comments and feedback from the McGill community and meeting with Mr. Marcil to discuss his key accomplishments and his perspectives on future opportunities – the Advisory Committee for the Possible Reappointment of the Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) gave its unanimous and enthusiastic approval of his second term.

Mr. Marcil joined McGill in 2011, after holding high-ranked positions in the Quebec government for eight years. His knowledge of the Quebec environment and his experience in government relations have been great assets in building strategies and tactics to enhance McGill’s position in Quebec. As Vice-Principal, Mr. Marcil will continue to develop strategic communications of the University’s missions, to oversee public relations, to promote targeted policy initiatives, and to direct the advancement of McGill’s engagement with governments, the community and external partners.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Maioni and Mr. Marcil on their appointments.

I would like to thank the members of the two Advisory Committees, and everyone who participated in the search and evaluation processes. Your thoughtful contributions and diligence are greatly appreciated. Thanks are also due to Professor Hudson Meadwell for his leadership as interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts since May 2015.


Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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