Provost to Complete Term July 31

May 08, 2014 - Campus Bulletin

After 11 years, Maureen Mancuso will complete her term as provost and vice-president (academic) July 31, University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee announced today.

Mancuso will take an administrative leave, her first full leave since joining the University in 1992.

“I have been proud to serve this University as provost for more than a decade, fully half my time as a member of the Guelph faculty,” she said.

“But I am looking forward to a less demanding daily schedule, and a chance to focus on my research and interests.”

Mancuso will continue to serve as volunteer president and CEO of Teaching and Learning Canada, the charitable arm of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has also been invited to consider a proposed research and policy fellowship at the Council of Ontario Universities, where she will continue to work on key issues in the post-secondary sector.

“Maureen is a close friend and treasured colleague at U of G,” Summerlee said. “We’ve been fortunate to work as a team for 15 years—an unusually long period of continuity in our sector.”

As provost, Mancuso demonstrated outstanding leadership in challenging times, he added.

“The University has experienced major growth and change during Maureen’s tenure and overcome significant challenges. Her skill, creativity, strategic vision and commitment to evidence-based decision-making have helped position the University for continued success and excellence. ”

Mancuso was the first woman in U of G’s history to serve as provost. She was appointed in 2004 after acting in the position for a year, and was reappointed in 2009. She served as associate vice-president (academic) from 2000 to 2004 and chaired the Department of Political Science from 1996 to 2000.

“My time as provost has been immensely rewarding,” Mancuso said. “It’s been a privilege to work with such a dedicated and passionate administrative team, and to represent and promote Guelph’s outstanding faculty."

Serge Desmarais, associate vice-president (academic), will serve as acting provost and vice-president (academic) beginning Aug. 1, Summerlee said. The University has started the search process for a new provost.

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