University of Windsor

28/10/ UWindsor appoints Provost and Vice-President, Academic

(WINDSOR, ONTARIO, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009) – The University of Windsor today announces the appointment of Dr. Leo Groarke as the next Provost and Vice-President, Academic, effective April 1, 2010. The recommendation of the search committee, chaired by UWindsor President Alan Wildeman, was unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Governors during its October 27th meeting.

Groarke comes to UWindsor following a 26-year career at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he held a number of teaching and administrative positions, most recently as Principal and Vice-President of Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford Campus, and the university’s Acting Vice-President, Academic.

“Dr. Groake’s distinguished academic achievements and administrative experience will bring enormous credibility and strength to the University of Windsor’s future. He is committed to students and issues of diversity, to working with faculty and staff, and to engaging the community as we embark on an exciting future,” said UWindsor President Alan Wildeman. “He is recognized widely for his outstanding leadership, diplomacy and problem-solving skills, and he will be a welcome addition to the University of Windsor team.”

Groarke received his BA and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, studied at the University of Helsinki, and completed his Ph.D at the University of Western Ontario. Among other honours, he has received the Ontario Volunteer Award for his work with the Grand River Valley Education Society, and the Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union Academic Award of Excellence. He has held Social Sciences and Humanities Research grants and was a fellow at the Northrup Frye Institute and the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. He has also published widely on reasoning, the history of ideas, and contemporary issues in education and society.

“I am captivated by the University of Windsor’s strengths in teaching, research, and its ties to the local community,” Groarke said. “UWindsor is a fully comprehensive university, with strengths in almost every discipline, but one which has all the advantages that come with a smaller size; a close-knit campus community with an atmosphere in which students can get to know their professors, community spirit, and the opportunity to cross the boundaries that separate the traditional disciplines.”

Groarke said that these are difficult times for all universities, but he is delighted to join the UWindsor community because he sees it as a place of energy, enthusiasm, and a determination to find creative ways to deal with current pressures.

“"I was impressed by the search committee's dedication to the betterment of the University, and by the President's determination to tell the world about an institution that is a hidden gem in the Ontario system," he said. “As Vice-President, Academic, I welcome the chance to work with deans, faculty, students and administration, and as we move forward I hope to share my own ideas with the community and to listen and learn from what the campus community and Windsorites have to say.”

Groarke will assume the duties of Dr. Kathleen McCrone who has served as Acting Provost and Vice-President, Academic since July.


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