Professor Nancy Ross Appointed Vice-Principal, Research, at Queen’s University


Published: 17Mar2021

After nearly 5 years as McGill’s Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (AVP-RI), Professor Nancy Ross is leaving McGill to join Queen’s University as Vice-Principal, Research. She will begin her appointment on August 1, 2021.

For Ross, her upcoming journey to Kingston will be a homecoming. Ross received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Queen’s. She also holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University.

For McGill, Ross’s appointment means a fond farewell to a skilled professor, researcher, and administrator. Ross has spent a distinguished 20-year career at McGill in the Department of Geography. She is a recognized expert in population health and the Principal Investigator of the Geo-Social Determinants of Health Research Group. As AVP, she remained active in teaching, supervising graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, as well as producing dozens of peer-reviewed papers.

“Looking back over the past five years, working with Nancy has been wonderful. I am proud of her many contributions to McGill’s research mission, including her strategic counsel to improving the University’s performance in large and small research funding programs,” says Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation. “Nancy Ross has also been a true champion of the university-wide efforts to nominate McGill’s researchers for major national and international prizes and awards. She will leave McGill with many friends and colleagues cheering her on as she takes this next career step.”

Ross will join Queen’s senior administrative team and will oversee the Vice-Principal (Research) portfolio, which includes University Research Services, Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation, and oversight of university-based Research Centres and Institutes.

A member of the U15 group of Canada’s research-intensive university, Queen’s is home to 51 Canada Research Chairs, including a Canada 150 Research Chair, and attracts approximately $200 million in research income per annum.

“I am very excited to be joining Queen’s at this juncture of momentum-building,” says Ross. “Queen’s, like McGill, is a U15 member and one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities, playing an integral role in the fabric of the nation’s research landscape. I look forward to partnering with the Queen’s research community to garner an understanding of its strengths and aspirations and, together, working to advance the university’s research mission.”

Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s offered his congratulations, saying, “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Ross to Queen’s where her significant administrative expertise and research acumen will inform this critical role for the university.” 

Ross will remain at McGill until June 30 and the position of Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, will be filled thereafter.

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