Douglas KnealeProvost Douglas Kneale will assume the role of acting president on July 1.

Kneale to act in role of president on incumbent’s departure

The Board of Governors of the University of Windsor announced Monday an interim appointment for the position of President and Vice-Chancellor. Douglas Kneale, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at the University, will assume the position on July 1, 2018, and hold the position until the Board concludes the search for a successor to Alan Wildeman, who concludes his term as President and Vice-Chancellor on June 30.

Penny Allen, Chair of the Board of Governors, said, “It is important to the Board, on behalf of the University, that the current direction of the University is maintained while the search continues. We are very grateful that Dr. Kneale, who understands this direction well, has agreed to step in during this interim period.”

Kneale, who joined the University as Provost and Vice-President, Academic in 2015, said, “I want to thank the Board for placing its confidence in me. I look forward to serving the campus community in this capacity, and to providing continuity and leadership through the transition to the next President.”

President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Wildeman said that he will make an announcement about an acting Provost and Vice-President, Academic, in the coming weeks. “I will also do all I can in the coming months to help Douglas prepare for this role he has agreed to take on. I know how committed he is to the success of the University, and I know he will give this interim role a complete and caring effort.”

The Board has requested that the Presidential Search Committee resume its efforts in the coming year, and will make an announcement as soon as a successor is identified.