Gordon Reappointed OAC Dean

June 20, 2013 - Campus Bulletin

Prof. Rob Gordon has been reappointed dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) for a five-year term effective Aug. 1.

The decision follows an extensive review by a committee of faculty, students and staff led by Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic).

“Rob is a strategic leader with infectious enthusiasm, and there was overwhelming support from the University community for his reappointment,” said Mancuso.

The committee cited Gordon’s leadership during fiscal challenges as well as his vision, energy and commitment.

“Rob is passionate about doing the right things for our students, faculty and staff, and it shows in the college’s performance and positive work environment,” Mancuso said.

She added that Gordon has developed excellent working relationships with the agri-food sector, alumni, government and industry partners.

“Under his direction, OAC will continue to grow its reputation for agri-food innovation and excellence in research, teaching and learning.”

Mancuso thanked members of the search committee and the University community.

Gordon called his reappointment a “privilege” and says he is proud to be dean at his alma mater.

“OAC is globally recognized for long-standing leadership in supporting agriculture, food, the environment and rural communities. The foundation of this success continues to be our exceptional people,” he said.

“Continuing to grow our strong working relationships with industry and government, including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs, will be a key priority for the future.”

Before joining U of G in 2008, Gordon was a professor and dean of research at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) and held appointments in the province’s farm sector.

A leading authority on climate issues in Canada, he held the Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Resource Management.

Gordon studied agricultural engineering and agricultural physics at McGill University before completing a PhD in land resource science at U of G. He holds an engineering diploma from NSAC.

He has won a Premier’s Award of Excellence, engineering and agrology awards, and the Graham K. Walker Memorial Award for Excellence in Agrometeorology.

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