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Appointment of Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs

The Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Jill Scott as Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, for a five-year term, starting on September 1, 2019.

Dr. Jill Scott (BA, University of Manitoba; MA, Carleton University; PhD, University of Toronto) is a full professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture at Queen’s University, where she also serves as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Interim Associate Vice-Principal (International).

Throughout her career, Dr. Scott has held various academic and administrative positions. These include professor at the University of Toronto and Head of the Department of German as well as Associate Head and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture at Queen’s University.

Dr. Scott possesses considerable experience in the university sector, having led various institutional strategic planning initiatives, including those related to Truth and Reconciliation and to equity, diversity and inclusion in all of its forms.

President Jacques Frémont congratulates Dr. Scott for her nomination and offers his best wishes for success in her new position.

Mr. Frémont also takes this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to David Graham for his exceptional and outstanding work, his far-reaching vision, his tact, diplomacy and his exemplary leadership as Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs. He has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on our university.President Jacques Frémont congratulates Dr. Scott for her nomination and offers his best wishes for success in her new position.

Reorganization of the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost

At the request of the President, and following an in-depth review of the duties normally associated with the role of Provost, a reorganization of the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost was recently approved. The new structure, which mirrors existing models in other North American universities, aims to consolidate the role of Provost and better organize the files managed by his team.

Below is a summary of the changes that will be implemented as of September 1, 2018:

  • The Acting Associate Vice-President, Planning, Marcel Mérette, will become Acting Deputy Provost, Planning and Academic Budgets and will be responsible for budget planning linked to academic operations, strategic initiatives, and new revenue generation. To this end, in addition to Institutional Research and Planning, the Financial Planning Service and the Center for Continuing Education will be integrated into his team.
  • The functions of Associate Vice-President, Programs and Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning Support Service, have been merged. I have entrusted Aline Germain-Rutherford with the consolidated position, which will henceforth be titled Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs. The priority files for this portfolio will be the creation and evaluation of programs and courses (all cycles), academic regulation planning, pedagogical and technological innovation in teaching and learning as well as other major academic files.

I offer sincere thanks to Linda Pietrantonio, Associate Vice-President, Programs, for all of her work over the last three years. In particular, I recognize her outstanding contribution to quality assurance, which has been instrumental in the context of our excellence goals in undergraduate and graduate programs. I also commend the enormous efforts she has made in a number of other important areas, including student retention.

  • The positions of Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs and International Affairs and Associate Vice-President, Student Services have been amalgamated. The position will be renamed Associate Vice-President, Student Life. Michel Guilbeault will join my management team in this capacity and will be responsible for all student services. Responsibility for SASS, COOP, the International Office and the Michaëlle Jean Center for Global and Community Engagement have been added to his portfolio.

I also offer my warmest thanks to our outgoing Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs and International Affairs, Gary Slater, for his outstanding contributions to my management team. His expertise on international issues and his focus on the student experience have been invaluable to us in recent years. Gary continues to be a key player in the field of international education in Canada and beyond, and has made a tremendous contribution to promoting our university in this area.

  • Éric Bercier, whose responsibilities have evolved a great deal in recent years, will see his title change from Registrar to Associate Vice-President, Enrollment Management and Registrar. His responsibilities now extend to all levels of study and his role in the strategic planning of student enrollment will also be expanded.
  • Minor changes were made to the title of two positions, without changing their roles and responsibilities:
    • The position of Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs, whose incumbent is Jules Carrière, becomes Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations.
    • The position of Vice-President, Academic and Provost, that I now occupy, will be renamed Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs.

We are now entering a transition period for the implementation of this new structure. I rely on your collaboration to ensure its success and hope that the information provided here will be useful to you.

Best regards,


David Graham

Vice-President Academic and Provost

The Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs holds an outstanding position within the University, which makes him the highest ranking officer after the President. Amongst his numerous responsibilities, he is in charge of accomplishing, in collaboration with the faculties' deans, the following functions:

  • set the University's broad academic directions;
  • design and regularly evaluate programs;
  • recruit and retain professors;
  • establish student-recruitment strategies.

All sectors that play a strategic role in the University's Francophone mission are his responsibility. The Provost is committed, like the University, to promote Francophone communities. He is the co-chair of the Standing Committee on Francophone Affairs and Official Languages.

The faculties, their schools, departments and programs, and the library network are overseen by the Provost. The same applies to the following academic units and services designed to help students make the most of their university experience or to guide professors in their academic pursuits:

The masculine is used without discrimination and only to alleviate the text on this site.

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