McCauley named U of C’s new head
University’s head of research to implement plans for future developed from the bottom up
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