U of C appoints Ed McCauley new president and vice-chancellor

The University of Calgary announced Thursday that Ed McCauley will be its next president and vice-chancellor, succeeding Elizabeth Cannon in the new year.

McCauley is currently the university’s vice-president (research). He moves into his new role as the U of C’s ninth president on Jan. 1.

Cannon has served as president of the university since 2010. She announced in January she would be stepping down at the end of 2018, a year and a half before her contract was set to expire in June 2020.

“The university is on a tremendous trajectory. We’re set up for success by the wonderful work that we’ve done over the last eight and a half years,” McCauley said. “The university’s in great shape. We have huge community support which is essential if you want to be become a great research university.”

Originally from Ottawa, McCauley arrived at the U of C in 1985, serving as a professor in biological sciences and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair until 2009.

He later relocated to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he worked as a professor in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology, and served as director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

McCauley returned to the U of C in 2011, where he has served in his current role of vice-president ever since.

McCauley said the biggest issue facing U of C is living up to high expectations.

“Right now, I think the community expects a lot of us in terms of having an impact and we have to hold ourselves accountable,” he said. “If we looked at the new academic research plan that we’ve developed, impact and student experience are central values, core values for those plans and we have to deliver for Calgary, for the province and for the country.”

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