July 12, 2010



McMaster's V-P Advancement is retiring

Hamilton, Ont. July 12, 2010Roger Trull, McMaster’s vice-president of University Advancement and a pioneer in educational advancement is retiring. Trull announced his retirement today, the culmination of a 36-year relationship with McMaster.

“Roger Trull is Canada’s pre-eminent advancement leader,” says McMaster President Patrick Deane. “His personal commitment to his university, first as a student, then as a staff member and now as a senior leader, is without equal. He built an innovative and unique integrated advancement team and led with integrity and vision; his impact on McMaster is readily apparent and heartily applauded.”

Roger Trull first came to McMaster as a student in 1974. During his studies he held a number of leadership roles including president of Whidden Hall, president of the Inter Residence Council and president of the McMaster Students Union. After graduation, he was an active alumni volunteer before returning full-time to campus in 1987 to become Alumni Director. He has led the University Advancement team since 1993.

“When I first came to campus as a student in 1974, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I was just beginning a 36-year relationship with one of the world’s best universities,” Trull says. “While there have been many exciting and successful projects and accomplishments, I look back most fondly on the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of collaborating with and getting to know. I am confident that under Patrick Deane’s leadership, and with his commitment to advancing McMaster, the next chapter in our University’s history will be as impressive as those we’ve just helped write.”

There are endless examples of Trull’s leadership around campus, across Hamilton and throughout the Canadian university sector. The unique and innovative integrated advancement model, pioneered at McMaster, is now considered best practice and in use at many other campuses around the world. The most recent Campaign for McMaster, which raised over $474 million, is further evidence of the team’s ability to advance and strengthen the University’s national and international reputation. 

As an ardent civic booster, Trull has held numerous voluntary leadership positions in Greater Hamilton including serving on two Commonwealth Games bids, advocating for a revitalized downtown, providing leadership at the Canadian Club, and more recently as an advocate for various mental health initiatives. He has provided leadership to and been recognized by a number of professional advancement organizations including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). He has been inducted into McMaster’s Alumni Gallery.

Trull retires on April 30, 2011. The University will begin planning the process to select a successor.



For additional information contact:


Gord Arbeau

Associate Director Public Relations

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 27305


Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140, ext. 22869