Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University has announced Dr. Mark F. Green will serve as the university’s next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).
Green, who currently holds the position of Vice Dean (Graduate Studies and Recruitment) at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the university, will begin his five-year term as Provost on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2019. Green succeeds Interim Provost Tom Harris.
According to a press release issued by Queen’s on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, Green has a long history with Queen’s, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Engineering in 1987, winning the Governor General’s medal for finishing first in his graduating year. Green then received a Commonwealth Scholarship to continue his doctoral studies, and earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1991. That same year, Green returned to Queen’s as a post-doctoral fellow. He was then named a Queen’s National Scholar in 1993, and became a full Professor in 2001. At Queen’s, Green has held a number of administrative positions, including Acting Associate Academic Dean (2013), Acting Head (2000, 2014 to 2015), and Associate Head (2009 to 2013, 2015 to 2018) in the Department of Civil Engineering.
“Dr. Green is a skilled and respected administrator, accomplished researcher, admired teacher, and champion of diversity and inclusivity,” the press release reads. “Dr. Green has supported many students over his time as a faculty member, many of whom have gone on to join the academy as faculty members. He believes in cross-disciplinary work and holds a faculty appointment not only in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and has been cross appointed to both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education.”
According to the university, Green has more than 250 academic publications in his field of structural engineering. His award-winning work focuses on enabling structures to withstand extreme conditions. More recently, Green’s work has focused on sustainable engineering technologies. He won the Professional Engineers Ontario Medal for Research and Development in 2013 and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 2000, and he has research collaborations across the globe including Hong Kong, Turkey, France and the UK.
Outside of this work, Green is active in encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusivity throughout the university. Green is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, and was the co-chair of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. He was also an advisor to the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion. Additionally, Green is an advisor to the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science on the development of an Aboriginal Access to Engineering Initiative. He previously served as the Co-Chair of Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, and as Chair of the First Nations Technical Institute.
“At a time when the university is embarking on a new vision, Dr. Green’s widely known and acknowledged ability to engage and lead others through consensus will be invaluable. He is a recognized scholar, an experienced administrator, and admired as a teacher,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Deane. “His unique perspective and diversity of experience will contribute greatly to our institution’s aspirations and vision for the future.”
Green succeeds Interim Provost and Vice-Principal Dr. Tom Harris, who was appointed to the position in 2018. Harris will retire from the position when Green assumes the role in March of 2020. “It is a great privilege to accept this opportunity here at Queen’s, a place that has served as the backdrop for much of my educational and professional life,” Green said. “Queen’s is an exceptional institution with an incredible community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and I look forward to working together with them in my new role as Provost.”