The University of Guelph’s Board of Governors has appointed Charlotte Yates as provost and vice-president (academic). Her five-year term begins August 1.

Yates has served as dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University for the past seven years. She joined McMaster as a faculty member in 1987.

Charlotte Yates, Dean of Social Sciences at McMaster University“We are extremely honoured and pleased that Charlotte will be serving as the University’s next provost,” said U of G president Franco Vaccarino, chair of the selection committee for the position.

Noting Yates’s record in administration, scholarship and teaching, he said “we are confident that her experience, leadership abilities and collaborative approach will be a significant asset in the opportunities and challenges we have ahead of us. We believe she will help maintain Guelph’s position as a leading Canadian comprehensive university and further improve our standing internationally.

“We are grateful to all those who participated in the search process for their time and input; it was very helpful to our decision-making.”

Yates has conducted research with Guelph faculty members, including Prof. Belinda Leach, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

A frequent commentator on labour issues, she has appeared in the Financial Post, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator, and on CBC News World and TVO.

Yates earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Winnipeg, a master’s degree from Queen’s University and a PhD from Carleton University.

“To be provost at the University of Guelph is a tremendous honour,” Yates said.

“I look forward to working with the entire community, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, administrators, board members and friends of the University of Guelph. I have a tremendous respect for the University, and believe U of G can continue to achieve great things. It is thrilling to be part of this warm and welcoming community.”

Prof. Serge Desmarais will continue to serve as interim provost and vice-president (academic) until August 1.