Dear Bishop’s community,
We are very pleased to advise you that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Claire Grogan as Associate Vice-Principal Academic effective September 1st, 2020, for a three-year period.
The Search Committee included Dr. Miles Turnbull (Vice-Principal Academic & Research), Ms. Reena Atanasiadis, Dr. Anthony Di Mascio, George-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Vice-President Academic of the SRC), Ms. Monetta Gallichon, Dr. Heather Lawford, Ms. Patricia Pleszczynska (External member of the Board of Governors), Dr. Jessica Riddell, Dr. Jasmeen Sidhu, Dr. Amy Svotelis and Ms. Tova White (external member of the Board of Governors). The Committee was chaired by the Principal.
As recommended by an Academic Administrative Structures Committee and approved by the Board of Governors, the position of Associate Vice-Principal Academic has been established on a three-year trial basis. The position will be reviewed after two years to determine whether it should be made permanent after August 31, 2023.
Dr. Grogan is an award-winning Full Professor of English. She is an internationally renowned scholar in the area of feminist politics in British women’s writing, particularly in the 18th century. Over the years since her first appointment at Bishop’s in 1994, Claire has contributed to the University in significant and varied ways. She was Chair of the Department of English on two occasions during which she played a key role in program renewal. Her service to the Association of Professors of Bishop’s University has included a role as Faculty negotiator, member of the Pension Committee and as First Vice President & Grievance Officer. She has served on the Faculty Evaluation Committee, the Senate Planning Committee, the Senate Research & Scholarship Committee and was co-Chair of the University’s Status of Women Committee. Moreover, in the 2019-20 academic year, she was interim co-Dean and then interim Dean of Arts & Science. Dr. Grogan has also served on Senate and on the Board of Governors.
Claire’s leadership, commitment to and passion for Bishop’s at this point in our evolution will be crucial. We anticipate that she will play a major role in advancing Faculty relations at a critical point for the University’s. We are confident that she will provide transformational leadership in support of our goal of offering the foremost undergraduate education in Canada.
Please join us in wishing Claire the very best as she assumes this new important role at Bishop’s. We are committed to supporting her in every way possible.
Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice Chancellor
Vice-Principal Academic & Research