Change to office of the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)

March 30, 2016

Dear members of the McGill community,

I wish to advise you of an upcoming change in McGill senior leadership.

After a 30-year career in higher education, including more than five years in his current role as McGill’s Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance), Michael Di Grappa has decided to take on a new challenge and has accepted a senior position with Canderel, a Canadian real estate company based in Montreal. Mr. Di Grappa has been a highly effective member of our management team, helping the University plan for the challenges of teaching, learning and research in the 21st century. He has successfully led major initiatives such as approval of the deferred maintenance and Information Technology investment program and a $160-million bond issue this past January. He has overseen the latest round of labour negotiations, and the possible acquisition of the former Royal Victoria Hospital site. He has also created and led a talented and effective management team in Facilities Management, Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internal Audit and Investments. Please join me in thanking Mr. Di Grappa for his professionalism, leadership, wise counsel and important contributions to the University, and in wishing him well in the next chapter of his career.

In accordance with University Statutes, I have advised the Secretary-General of the need to establish an Advisory Committee for the selection of a new Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance). Information regarding the position, and the nomination and application processes, will be forthcoming.

Professor Morty Yalovsky has agreed to take on the role of Interim Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance). Professor Yalovsky, a three-time McGill graduate, has built a long track-record of leadership during his more than 40 years at McGill, including serving as Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) from 1999 to 2006, Interim Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management from 2014 to 2015, and his current position as the Faculty’s Vice-Dean (Programs).

Mr. Di Grappa’s term as Vice-Principal will end on June 13, 2016. In order to facilitate a smooth transition, Professor Yalovsky will become Interim Vice-Principal Designate on May 2.



Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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