Appointment of new Provost

December 2, 2014

Dear members of the McGill community:

For the past seven months, as mandated by the McGill University Statutes, I have chaired an Advisory Committee that has conducted an international search for McGill University’s new Provost and Vice-Principal Academic. This afternoon, I presented McGill’s Board of Governors with a recommendation, following the Advisory Committee’s advice and recommendation to me, for the appointment of Professor Christopher Manfredi. I am delighted to report that the Board unanimously approved this recommendation.

Professor Manfredi will begin a five-year, renewable mandate on July 1, 2015. He assumes the position of Provost and Vice-Principal Academic after having served almost two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, during which he has demonstrated strategic leadership and a track record of significant accomplishments.

Arts is a large and diverse humanities and social sciences faculty that enrols more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and encompasses 21 departments, schools, and institutes. Under Dean Manfredi’s leadership, the Faculty has focused on enriching the student learning experience through increased undergraduate internships and research opportunities. Over the last eight years, the Faculty has also greatly enhanced its research capacity and impact. Deeply invested in the value of viewing complex problems through diverse lenses, Dean Manfredi has led the expansion of interdisciplinary collaborations, both between departments in his Faculty and with other Faculties across the University.

Professor Manfredi joined the Department of Political Science in 1988 and served as Chair of the Department for five years beginning in 2000. He has a deep understanding of our University—as a teacher, a researcher, and an administrator—and has shown excellence in his own scholarship and pedagogy.

These experiences, and his integrity, will serve the University well in his role as Provost and Vice-Principal Academic. Please join me in congratulating Professor Manfredi on his appointment.

We will be formally recognizing Provost Tony Masi’s achievements closer to the end of his term in June, but I would like to thank him now for his ten years of exemplary service. Provost Masi has led the development of our Academic Strategic plan. He has ensured that the University’s resources align with our priorities and that McGill continues to attract and nurture the brightest students and faculty, despite an often challenging landscape.

I would also like to thank the students, members of Senate and Board members who so thoughtfully served on the Advisory Committee


Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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