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Faculty of
Health Sciences

Susan Denburg to lead Forward with Integrity implementation

Published: December 15, 2011
Susan Denburg
Susan Denburg, associate vice-president academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences, will have the additional role of Strategic Advisor to the President.

President Patrick Deane is appointing a senior leader to help guide the cross-campus effort to implement priorities identified in his letter to the community: Forward with Integrity.

Susan Denburg, associate vice-president academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences, will have the additional role of Strategic Advisor to the President.

"The university is very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Denburg's abilities leading these important efforts," President Deane said. "I look forward to her strategic counsel and to her leadership as we deepen the conversation around the priority areas of education, community engagement, research and internationalization."

Earlier this fall, the President shared his letter with the McMaster community. It outlined the priorities and principles he believes will best help shape the university's development.

Since its release, there have been widespread discussions about the priorities including a series of town halls involving students, the launch of a lecture series on the future of undergraduate education and universities, as well as a number of discussions involving community leaders and others.

Among Denburg's first steps will be the formation of a senior advisory panel to help guide the operationalization of the priorities. In addition to the advisory panel, time-limited task forces are being formed focusing on each of the four priority areas.

These groups will draw on the vast expertise available within the university community and recommend approaches based on McMaster's strengths that advance its academic and service mission. It is expected that these task forces will begin their work in January and report by the end of the winter academic term.

"The deans have been most helpful in recommending people who are recognized experts in these priority areas and who also have broad knowledge of the university," Denburg said. "We need the right people around the table for this important work to have the most effective and creative outcomes."

The engagement of the deans and the entire community will be central to the success of the initiative as they work within and across the faculties to identify particularly successful programs and explore new initiatives consistent with the priorities and principles articulated in the President's letter.

"This is an exciting time for McMaster," Denburg said. "By working collaboratively and leveraging the expertise, experiences and skills of our faculty, students and staff there is an unprecedented opportunity to secure the future of McMaster as a forward-looking institution in touch with and responsive to the needs of its internal and external communities."

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