Board of Governors
The Board of Governors of Dalhousie University is responsible for the overall conduct, management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. The basic responsibility of the board is to represent the interests of the university in directing its affairs and to do so within the statutes relating to Dalhousie University.
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October 16: Appointment of Peter MacKinnon as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
To: The Dalhousie University community
From: Lawrence Stordy, Chair, Dalhousie Board of Governors
Date: October 16, 2018
Re: Appointment of Peter MacKinnon as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
I am pleased to announce the appointment of R. Peter MacKinnon, OC, QC, as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of Dalhousie University, effective January 15, 2019 and continuing through to June 30, 2019.
Approved this afternoon by the Board of Governors, the appointment brings Mr. MacKinnon and his deep experience in university leadership to Dalhousie as we continue the search for Richard Florizone’s successor as President and Vice-Chancellor.
Mr. MacKinnon, past President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, is a proud Dalhousie alumnus (BA’69, History and Political Science) with Maritime roots, having grown up in Prince Edward Island. He served as a faculty member, Dean of the College of Law and Acting Vice-President Academic at the University of Saskatchewan before serving as President from 1999 until 2012. Under his leadership, the university rose to new heights in research and innovation, and underwent a significant restoration of campus and its facilities to better meet the needs of its students and researchers.
Since leaving the University of Saskatchewan, Mr. MacKinnon became the inaugural Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa and served for two years as interim president of Athabasca University. He chaired the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Expert Panel on team science and was commissioned by the Premier of Saskatchewan to review and report on sovereign wealth funds. A past chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada), Mr. MacKinnon has written or co-edited five books including sole authorship of two recent volumes on universities published by University of Toronto Press: University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate and Dissent on Campus (2018). His awards and honours include Officer of the Order of Canada, Queen's Counsel and several honorary degrees, including one from Dalhousie in 2012.
“I am thrilled to return to Dalhousie and Halifax. It’s an exciting time for the university, as it celebrates 200 years of achievement and so many successes in recent years. I’m looking forward to joining an excellent team in advancing Dal’s strategic plan and continuing that success through to the appointment of a new president.” — Peter MacKinnon
We are grateful Peter has agreed to leave his home in Alberta to return to his alma mater as Interim President. Having someone of his calibre, experience and reputation in the role will help ensure continued momentum coming out of Dalhousie’s 200th year. Additionally, Peter’s close working relationship with President Florizone at the University of Saskatchewan (where Dr. Florizone served as Vice-President Finance and Administration from 2005 until 2012) adds a welcome layer of continuity to this transition. Please join me in congratulating Peter on his appointment.
As for the search for our 12th President and Vice-Chancellor, the search process is well underway, with the committee expecting to announce an appointment sometime in the new year. For more, visit the Presidential Search website.
Lawrence Stordy, QC
Chair, Board of Governors
Link: Peter MacKinnon - Interim President Contract [PDF]