Suzanne Fortier, Prin­ci­pal

The McGill Daily - - Administrative Hierarchy -

The Prin­ci­pal is re­spon­si­ble for the gen­eral su­per­vi­sion and di­rec­tion of the university. The po­si­tion is cur­rently held by Suzanne Fortier, who was elected in 2013, then re-elected May 2017.

The Prin­ci­pal may ini­ti­ate any project they con­sider ben­e­fi­cial to the university.

The Prin­ci­pal de­ter­mines em­ploy­ment terms of non-teach­ing university per­son­nel, and pro­vides the BOG rec­om­men­da­tions con­cern­ing pro­mo­tions, res­ig­na­tions, and re­movals of all teach­ing staff. She also has the author­ity to sus­pend any mem­ber of the teach­ing staff, or se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers. She is part of the Se­nate, and an ex of­fi­cio mem­ber of all Board com­mit­tees. This means that Fortier is en­ti­tled to a vote in every com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing the Nom­i­nat­ing and Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee, which nom­i­nates the 12 Mem­bers at large on the Board. The Prin­ci­pal is ap­pointed by the BOG from a list of names rec­om­mended by the Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mit­tee in con­sul­ta­tion with the Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, both of which the prin­ci­pal holds vot­ing mem­ber­ship. In other words, the prin­ci­pal is part of a board that elects half of the BOD, which in turn, forms the com­mit­tee(s) that ap­points the prin­ci­pal, who then, upon elec­tion, can nominate or fire university staff.

While Prin­ci­pal nor­mally main­tains po­lit­i­cal au­ton­omy from stu­dent af­fairs, she has in­flu­enced stu­dent gov­er­nance in the past. In re­sponse to the con­tro­ver­sial tweet of stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive Igor Sadikov in Fe­bru­ary 2017, Fortier strongly ad­vo­cated for Sadikov’s res­ig­na­tion from SSMU. In 2016, Fortier pub­licly con­demned the Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment on cam­pus, which had at that time been en­dorsed by the SSMU Gen­eral As­sem­bly. In both of these in­stances, Fortier’s ac­tions drew in­tense crit­i­cism from parts of the Mcgill com­mu­nity.

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