Robert Gordon is the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor.
Gordon’s appointment was effective September 1, 2019 and follows his term as Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Wilfrid Laurier University which began in July 2018. Gordon, a leading authority on environmental issues and agricultural engineering in Canada, previously served as the university’s Vice-President, Research.
Before joining Laurier, Gordon was dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph, where he led the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada.
Gordon has also served in various academic and administrative capacities, including as dean of research at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College — now the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University. He held a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Resource Management while at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.
He also headed the environmental management section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, where he administered the province’s Environmental Farm Plan Program.
Gordon earned bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering from McGill University, and a PhD in Land Resource Science from the University of Guelph.
Throughout his leadership roles, Gordon has also maintained a strong research profile. He has published more than 160 refereed journal articles, and has supervised more than 50 graduate students, and eight post-doctoral fellows during his career.