Stuart H. (Kip) Cobbett, Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Suzanne Fortier as the University’s 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor, for a five-year term beginning September 5, 2013.
Professor Fortier is a distinguished scientist, teacher and academic leader, and a proud graduate of McGill University, where she received a BSc (1972) and a PhD (1976).
She is returning to her alma mater after having built an exceptional career with a strong track record of outstanding scholarship, demonstrated leadership in senior academic and research administration, and success in forming national and international partnerships.
Most recently, Principal Fortier was President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in Ottawa. Prior to joining NSERC in January 2006, she had served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Vice-Principal (Research) and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was also a Professor of Chemistry.
Principal Fortier is proud to follow in the footsteps of Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, who was McGill’s first female Principal.
Founded in 1821, McGill ranks among the best universities worldwide. It has earned an outstanding reputation for the quality of its education, for its research contributions and for its service to the community.