Professor Peter Lewis Appointed Interim Vice-President, Research and Innovation

PDADC #76, 2013-14

To:  Governing Council                                                                        
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From:      Meric S. Gertler, President
Date:  June 25, 2014 
Re:  Professor Peter Lewis Appointed Interim Vice-President, Research and Innovation

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Lewis as Interim Vice-President, Research and Innovation, effective July 1, 2014, for a period of six months or until a Vice-President, Research and Innovation is appointed, whichever comes first.  This appointment was approved at today’s meeting of the Governing Council.
Earlier this Spring, Professor Paul Young announced his intention to step down as Vice-President, Research and Innovation, effective June 30, 2014, to return as a full professor in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.  A search process for his successor is well underway.
Professor Lewis has been serving as Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation since January 2010.  Immediately prior to joining the Research and Innovation portfolio, from 2002 - 2010, Professor Lewis served as Vice-Dean, Research and International Relations in the Faculty of Medicine.  Among his other administrative roles Professor Lewis served as Director, Program in Proteomics and Bioinformatics (1998 - 2004), and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry (1991-2001).  He is a full Professor with tenure in the Department of Biochemistry.
Professor Lewis is widely respected for his effective performance as Associate Vice-President, and for his broad knowledge of all aspects of the portfolio.  He has served as Acting Vice-President on numerous occasions, and has demonstrated his ability to carry out all aspects of the Vice-President role.  He has extensive experience in developing and stewarding relationships with external research partners, both nationally and internationally.  His prior experience in the Faculty of Medicine, one of the most research-intensive divisions of the University, will serve him well in this interim role.
Please join me in welcoming and thanking Professor Lewis for agreeing to serve in this important interim role, and in wishing him well in the months ahead.