Mc­Cauley named U of C’s new head

Univer­sity’s head of re­search to im­ple­ment plans for fu­ture de­vel­oped from the bot­tom up

StarMetro Calgary - - COVER STORY - UNIVER­SITY OF CAL­GARY ANDREW JEF­FREY

The Univer­sity of Cal­gary will en­ter 2019 with a new pres­i­dent.

Ed Mc­Cauley was in­tro­duced as the new pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor Thurs­day morn­ing, taking over from El­iz­a­beth Can­non, who had over­seen the in­sti­tu­tion since 2010. Mc­Cauley, who’s cur­rently the school’s vice-pres­i­dent of re­search, is just the ninth pres­i­dent in the U of C’s his­tory. He takes over Jan. 1.

“The Univer­sity of Cal­gary is in great shape to take a ma­jor step for­ward on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stage,” he said. “We have clear aca­demic and re­search plans that have been de­vel­oped from the bot­tom up and en­dorsed by our academy and board of gover­nors. So a key piece will be im­ple­ment­ing part of those plans.”

Called one of the world’s fore­most schol­ars in pop­u­la­tion ecol­ogy by the U of C, Mc­Cauley be­gan work­ing as a pro­fes­sor in bi­o­log­i­cal sciences at the univer­sity in 1985. Af­ter a brief re­lo­ca­tion to the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara, where he was the di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Eco­log­i­cal Anal­y­sis and Syn­the­sis, Mc­Cauley re­turned in 2011 to take on his cur­rent po­si­tion.

U of C said it will an­nounce an in­terim vice-pres­i­dent of re­search in the weeks ahead.

In Jan­uary, Can­non an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion, ef­fec­tive Dec. 31. It comes a year and a half be­fore her con­tract was set to ex­pire Mc­Cauley said he was a force as pres­i­dent, and it will be daunt­ing to suc­ceed her in the po­si­tion.

Mc­Cauley steps into the pres­i­dency of a school that’s com­monly ranked as one of the top 10 uni­ver­si­ties in Canada. But the school’s lead­er­ship team has greater am­bi­tions for the univer­sity, which Mc­Cauley plans to sup­port un­der his ten­ure.

Learn more about Mc­Cauley at thes­tar.com/cal­gary

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