Queen’s University Principal Announces He Will Not Seek New Term

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Principal Daniel Woolf

Principal Daniel Woolf announced today that he will no longer be seeking a third term at Queen’s University when his current term ends on June 30, 2019.

According to the Queen’s Gazette, Woolf said:

“Today I informed the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship that after considerable further reflection over the past several weeks, I have concluded that after having served for 10 years it would be best for Queen’s, and for me, to step down from the principalship at the conclusion of my current term. Having requested consideration for the reappointment during the summer, I have been led to this conclusion both by a sense that the renewal process will be good for the university and by my own wish to return to full-time research and teaching as a professor in the Department of History for a few years prior to retirement, following a period of administrative leave.”

Donald Raymond, Chair of the Board of Trustees, thanked Principal Woolf on behalf of the Board for his “vision and leadership and for his incredible dedication to Queen’s.”


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Raymond added, “Under Principal Woolf’s leadership, Queen’s is in a far better place today – it has been stabilized, re-energized, and has made considerable progress on a number of key fronts. Over the course of his two terms, Principal Woolf has led the university through difficult times and his unwavering support for students has made Queen’s a leader in student experience and a mental health champion across the country. His leadership has positioned us for a bright future. As there is still much to be accomplished, we look forward to working with him and his senior team so that Queen’s continues to thrive over the next year and half. We will, of course, find suitable occasions to celebrate his many accomplishments.”

In a Twitter post this afternoon, Woolf wrote:

Today I informed Principalship Review Committee that, on reflection, I feel it is in Queen’s best interest, and my own and my family’s, to conclude my service as Principal when my current term ends in 2019. It’s been a great ride and a fantastic privilege!

Born in London, England, and raised in Winnipeg, Daniel Woolf was an undergrad at Queen’s in the 1970s and graduated with a degree in history in 1980. He began his role as the university’s 20th principal on September 1, 2009 – the third alumnus to hold that position.

Read the full release at the Queen’s Gazette


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