June 10, 2004

Peter George appointed to third term as President McMaster University

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McMaster University President and Vice-Chancellor Peter George.

Hamilton, ON - Peter George will serve a third five-year term as President of McMaster University.

McMaster University Board of Governors today approved the re-appointment, following the approval of the McMaster University Senate on June 9, 2004.

The joint Senate-Board of Governors Committee to Recommend a President was established this past January. Chaired by Edward Buffett, Chair of the Board of Governors, the 10-member committee unanimously recommended George for a third term, commencing July 1, 2005.

“After extensive consultation and reflection the committee concluded unanimously that Dr. Peter George should be reappointed for a third five-year term as President and Vice-Chancellor,” Mr. Buffett said. “Over the past nine years Dr. George has earned the support and respect of those within and beyond the University community. His achievements are outstanding. He is a tireless promoter of the excellence that McMaster University embodies and he has contributed immeasurably to its growth. The Committee has every confidence in Dr. George’s experience, knowledge, compassion and leadership to move McMaster forward over the coming five years.“

The joint Senate-Board committee sought the views of members of the University community on various aspects of the role of the President, including academic mission and vision, strategic leadership, fiscal management, external relationship building and strengthening the McMaster community. Faculty, students, alumni, staff, university management, community and external groups were consulted and canvassed. The University’s Daily News website sought submissions. More than 100 responses were received.

During his initial term as McMaster’s president, Dr. George implemented and led a strategic planning initiative called Directions, which continues in renewed form as Refining Directions to guide the University’s development of the innovative teaching and research programs that make McMaster an educational institution and employer of choice.

“I am honoured to continue as President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University and am very grateful for the expression of confidence by members of the entire McMaster community in my leadership,” said George. “McMaster is an amazing place. We are very focused, we aim to inspire innovation and discovery, and we offer some remarkable opportunities for our students.”

“Since 1965 I have made McMaster and the Hamilton community my home. I am proud of how dedicated our University is to innovation and excellence in its teaching, research and scholarship. As our mission statement says – we value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society. I am pleased to be associated with these undertakings and am deeply committed to McMaster’s success.”

George was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, on July 1, 1995. He is a well-known scholar and educator, with extensive experience in senior academic administrative and executive positions.

An economist, George joined McMaster University's in 1965 and was promoted to full professorship in 1980. He was the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at McMaster University between 1974 and 1979, and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1980 until 1989. He served as President of the Council of Ontario Universities from 1991-1995.

As President of McMaster, George is responsible for the academic and fiscal direction of one of Canada’s leading research universities, with annual budgeted expenditures exceeding $600 million in 2003-2004.

McMaster University, one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 20,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries around the world.