President Robert Gordon has announced the appointment of Vincent Georgie as the University of Windsor's acting associate vice-president external for a two-year period, effective Nov. 1.
Dr. Georgie will oversee the departments of Alumni and Donor Communications, Advancement, and Public Affairs and Communications. A UWindsor grad (MBA 2004), Georgie is currently director of the School of Creative Arts and a member of the marketing faculty in the Odette School of Business, and will leave those roles to serve as the associate VP external.
This leadership role will enhance the University of Windsor’s commitment to meaningful and transformative community engagement. This will include overseeing strategic communications and public relations, providing oversight in supporting institutional marketing, working with the University leadership to grow our collective advancement efforts, and supporting alumni initiatives.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Georgie’s passion, commitment and leadership in this important role at the University of Windsor. Vincent has demonstrated incredible dedication to our University and the Windsor-Essex region and I see this only growing in his new role,” says Dr. Gordon.
Georgie shares: “As a faculty member, as an administrator, as an alum, and as a donor, the University of Windsor is the proudest association of my life. Expanding our outreach, deepening our public impact, and proactively developing sincere and sustaining partnerships all to the benefit of the University community are among the priorities that the president has identified as key to moving us forward.”
Georgie will serve in the associate VP external position for about two years, during which time the University will conduct a search for a candidate to serve on a permanent basis.
Georgie is a well-known member of the University community. He joined its faculty in 2009 and currently serving on both the Board of Governors and the University Senate. His record of being a community-focused, highly collaborative and strategic leader is longstanding.
During his tenure at SoCA, he has overeen the historic move and opening of its downtown facilities and its successful integration into the broader community. Previous to this, he ran MBA programs at the Odette Business School and is a lauded marketing educator, having received the University’s highest teaching recognition, the UWindsor Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching, in 2016.
Holding a PhD in marketing from HEC Montréal, Georgie is an authority on the marketing of the film industry. Since 2013, Georgie has served as executive director and chief programmer of the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF), recently named Canada’s largest volunteer-run film festival.
Georgie will begin meeting with his team and key members of the University community in preparation for the start of the appointment.