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Meet Susan Tighe, Provost & Vice-President Academic

The university has appointed Susan Tighe as the Provost and Vice-President Academic at McMaster University.

The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is the senior Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer of the University. The Provost reports to the President and Vice-Chancellor and is accountable to the President and the Senate for the academic administration, planning and development of the University. The Provost provides vision and leadership for all of McMaster’s academic activities including faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; attracting and retaining excellent students; enrolment management; graduate and undergraduate program development and assessment; student life, library resources; and strategic planning, including oversight of the academic budget and space allocation. The Provost is responsible for fostering an environment that promotes equity and inclusion and where creativity, scholarship, research and teaching excellence can flourish and where students and faculty members can excel.

The Provost serves as Vice-Chair Senate, is a member of the Board of Governors, and a member of key committees of these two governing bodies. The Provost is also a member of the President’s Executive and, as the senior Vice-President, assists the President in co-ordinating the work of the Vice-President (Research), the Vice-President (Administration), the Dean and Vice-President (Health Sciences) and the Vice-President (University Advancement).

Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng, FCAE, FCSCE received her BASc in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, her MASc Civil Engineering and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has been a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1995 and was a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 2000 to 2020 where she held a Canada Research Chair, the Norman W. McLeod Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering, served as Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology and Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President Integrated Planning and Budgeting. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked for the Ministry of Transportation Ontario in various roles including construction site engineer, geotechnical materials engineer and materials engineer writing standards and specifications. She also spent a sabbatical working in the private sector for a leading civil engineering construction company in Australia. Susan has gained national and international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the development, design, and management of sustainable concrete and asphalt transportation infrastructure. Her reputation as a scholar, educator, and professional engineer is well illustrated by the breadth of her technical publications in pavements and infrastructure and involvement in several national and international research projects in Canada, Africa, Chile, India, China, Australia, New Zealand and throughout North America.