June 25, 2019
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Maureen Mancuso, a distinguished academic administrator and political scientist, has been appointed interim provost and vice-president: academic at Wilfrid Laurier University, effective August 1, 2019.
Mancuso joins Laurier after a long career at the University of Guelph, where she held numerous research, teaching and senior administrative roles for nearly three decades, including 11 years as the university’s provost and vice-president (academic).
“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Mancuso to Laurier,” said Deborah MacLatchy, president and vice-chancellor. “Maureen has had an exceptional career as a university administrator, researcher and teacher. Her skills and experience will benefit Laurier as we focus on the academic priorities outlined in the Laurier Strategy: 2019-2024 and our strategic themes of future readiness and thriving community.”
Mancuso will lead the university’s efforts in advancing academic excellence, expanding experiential learning, and enhancing diversity. She will also serve as an integral member of the university’s executive leadership team, working closely with the president and vice-chancellor on university-wide strategic initiatives.
“I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and leadership team at Laurier,” said Mancuso. “I’ve long admired Laurier’s commitment to excellence, strong sense of community and dedication to the student experience.”
In addition to her tenure as provost and vice-president (academic) at the University of Guelph, Mancuso also served as associate vice-president academic, and chair and professor in the department of political science. She has also served as chair of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents, and as a policy fellow for the Council of Ontario Universities, where she led the task force on quality indicators.
Mancuso is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada’s highest teaching award, was named a Guelph YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction, and has been recognized in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women, a guide to the most powerful and innovative women in Canada. A specialist in the study of political ethics, corruption and scandal, she is currently conducting a national research project on Canadians’ assessment of the behaviour of public officials.
On August 1, Mancuso will succeed Robert Gordon, who has served as provost and vice-president: academic at Laurier since July 2018 following three years as vice-president: research. Gordon will become president and vice-chancellor of the University of Windsor beginning Sept. 1.
“We are very grateful to Rob for his strong leadership, collaborative approach and dedication to the Laurier community,” said MacLatchy. “During his tenure, he made important contributions to the university’s academic and institutional priorities and generated significant research growth. We wish him all the best in his new position.”
The search for Laurier’s permanent provost and vice-president: academic will begin in the fall.
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