University of Calgary selects new president

Dr. Ed McCauley succeeds Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Mario ToneguzziDr. Ed McCauley has been named the University of Calgary’s ninth president and vice-chancellor.

McCauley, who succeeds Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, is currently the university’s vice-president (research). He will move into his new role on Jan. 1, 2019.

“Dr. McCauley is an inspirational leader who truly embodies the special energy of our university and our city,” said Jill Wyatt, chair of University of Calgary’s board of governors and the presidential search committee, in a statement.

“He is a passionate visionary, an internationally recognized scholar, and a leader with an exceptional track record of building excellence in student experience, research and innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and collaborative partnerships.

“We are confident that he will continue the tremendous momentum and success that President Cannon has driven through the Eyes High strategy. This work is creating long-lasting, meaningful impact at the local, provincial, national and international levels.”

Dr. Ed McCauley
Dr. Ed McCauley

The university conducted a national and international search for the position.

“I am honoured to be named the University of Calgary’s next president and vice-chancellor,” said McCauley in a statement. “I have been part of the UCalgary family for many years and I believe deeply in our vision to be recognized as one of Canada’s top universities. Under the unparalleled leadership of Elizabeth Cannon, and with tremendous support from our community, we have set ambitious goals.

“Our momentum is strong and our priorities are well defined. Our students, faculty and staff are driven every day to make a difference by seeking and sharing answers to society’s greatest challenges. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them to nurture and grow this great institution.”

In a news release, the university said McCauley is one of the world’s foremost scholars in the field of population ecology.

“Originally from Ottawa, he arrived at the University of Calgary in 1985, serving as a professor in biological sciences and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair until 2009. He then relocated to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to take on a professorship in ecology and evolutionary biology, and the role of director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. McCauley returned to UCalgary in 2011 as vice-president (research), guiding strategic research initiatives and creating support systems to enable the university to progress quickly on the national and international stage,” it said.

Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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