Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.7

December 2, 2004


Search closing in


Board of Governors chair Alain Benedetti told the Nov. 24 meeting that the search committee is close to making its final recommendations and a shortlist of candidates for president may be announced in the near future.

Interim Dean of Arts and Science June Chaikelson presented an overview of the development of the Faculty to the Board. One of the striking elements was the growth of the Faculty's research profile.

Total research funding has doubled in the last five years. SSHRC funding is currently $3,017,562, up 425 per cent since 1997. The Faculty has appointed 10 Canada Research Chairs and 11 Concordia University Research Chairs.

Andrew McAusland presented an overview of eConcordia, including the revenue it has generated for the university foundation and the growth opportunities for online education, especially in China and India.

Other searches

Provost and Vice-President Academic Martin Singer reported that the same external consultant has been hired for the search for both the Dean of Arts & Science and Dean of Fine Arts.

He also will attend the meetings of both Faculty Councils to discuss the profile of the ideal candidate. Singer expects both search committees to bring recommendations to the March meeting of the Board.

Professors Ronald Rudin, Lorna Roth, Ellen Jacobs and Robert Kilgour, and staff member Miriam Posner were approved as members of the search committee for Dean of Arts and Science.

The Board approved the name change of the Department of Design Art to the Department of Design and Computation Arts.