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President Patrick Deane

Patrick Deane is the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. He began his five-year term on July 1, 2010.

Dr. Deane came to McMaster from Queen’s University, where he served a five-year term as vice-principal (Academic).

"McMaster is one of the country's most dynamic universities with a record of innovation and integration of research and teaching," says Dr. Deane. “It’s a first-rate University with a great history. It combines very high academic standards with innovation, creativity and an openness to new ways of doing things. I’m extremely proud to be a member of the McMaster family.”

Deane was born and raised in South Africa where he studied English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand. He emigrated to Canada in 1978 and studied English Literature at the University of Western Ontario earning his M.A. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1985. He began his academic career at the University of Toronto but returned to Western to join the Department of English in 1988, the same year he was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature. He was appointed chair in 1997.

To watch the full installation ceremony, click here.
In 2001 Deane became the vice-president (Academic) at the University of Winnipeg. He also served for two years as senior university officer for Inter-Universities North, the consortium of three universities delivering post-secondary programs in Northern Manitoba. He became acting-president of the University of Winnipeg in 2002.

He returned to Ontario in 2005, accepting a position at Queen's University providing academic leadership to all seven faculties and schools, the Office of the Registrar, Institutional Planning and Analysis, and Student Affairs.

His wife, Sheila Deane, is a writer and former academic in English and Women's Studies. Their daughter, Petra, is a graduate student at Cornell University and their son, Colin, is nearing completion of his undergraduate studies at the University of Winnipeg.

You can find additional information at the following links:

Biographical note
Curriculum Vitae
Installation Speech

Dr. Deane will use this page to communicate and stay in touch with the McMaster community. Feel free to contact him at:

Photo Gallery of Patrick’s
Welcome to McMaster

Questions for Dr. Deane?
Please contact him at

or at:

Office of the President
Gilmour Hall, Room 238
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON.
L8S 4L8

905.525.9140 ext. 24340


This month with the President

A video conversation with the McMaster community

As part of ongoing efforts to keep the community informed and to engage in constructive dialogue, Dr. Deane provides updates and information with this online video series.