UWindsor announces new president: Laurier VP Robert Gordon
Sunday, May 26, 2019
The Windsor Star/Taylor Campbell
The University of Windsor has a new president.
Almost one year following the retirement of Alan Wildeman, who held the position for a decade, the university’s board of governors Friday announced the appointment of Robert Gordon, Wilfrid Laurier University’s current provost and vice-president academic.
Gordon officially takes office as the University of Windsor’s seventh president and vice-chancellor September 1st, replacing interim president Douglas Kneale.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the University of Windsor family and look forward to working with our exceptional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners in building on the commitment to excellence that exists throughout our incredible institution,” said Gordon in a news release from the University of Windsor Friday. He previously served as Laurier’s vice-president of research.
A renowned authority on environmental issues and agricultural engineering in Canada, Gordon has held a Canada Research Chair in the area of environmental resource management.
“Dr. Gordon is an exceptional leader who will make an outstanding president for the University of Windsor,” said University of Windsor board of governors chair William Willis. “He is a respected scholar, experienced strategic administrator and accomplished innovator.”
Gordon was chosen through a rigorous search led by a committee that included representatives from the university’s senate and board of governors, the news release said.
“His vision and energy, and his effective and strong collaborative leadership skills make him the ideal president to lead the university, build on its recent successes, and deliver continuing high-quality student, faculty, and staff experiences,” Willis added.
Gordon earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering from McGill University, and his PhD in land resource science from the University of Guelph. He’s served in various academic and administrative positions at multiple academic institutions, including as dean of research at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, which is now the faculty of agriculture at Dalhousie University, and heading the college’s environmental management section.
During his tenure at Laurier, the school ranked first among Canadian universities in research efficiency and second in relative research funding growth.
Before joining Laurier, Gordon was dean of the Ontario Agriculture College (OAC) at the University of Guelph, where he led the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada. Under his leadership, the OAC ranked among the top 10 institutions in agriculture and food research impact in the world.
Throughout his career, Gordon published more than 160 refereed journal articles, and supervised more than 50 graduate students and eight post-doctoral fellows.
According to the news release, Gordon plans to meet with the University of Windsor campus community in the near future.