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Fonds F0269 - Provost and Vice-President (Academic) fonds.

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Provost and Vice-President (Academic) fonds.


  • 1964-2012 (Creation)

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76.75 m of textual records. -- 2 audiotape cassettes. -- 14 ¼-inch audio tapes

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The University of Calgary's vice-presidents are appointed by its Board of Governors, which has been granted this power by The Universities Act as well as the authority to assign duties to the vice-presidents on the recommendation of the President. The Provost and Vice-President (Academic), who is provided for by The Universities Act, reports to the President, is the senior vice-president, and serves as Acting President in the President's absence. The Provost and VP (Academic) is an ex officio member of the Senate; is a member of The University Budget Committee and the University Planning Committee; and is chair of a number of General Faculties Council committees. He or she is responsible for the academic program including the review of existing programs and initiating and advising on new programs, the general supervision of academic operations, and long-range academic planning. The Provost and VP (Academic) maintains close liaison with the deans and directors of academic units, and the senior officers of service and administrative units in the University.

The responsibilities of the Provost and VP (Academic) have remained essentially the same since the office began with the autonomy of The University of Calgary, but there have been a number of developments. Beginning in 1974, and as late as 1982, the VP (Academic) integrated academic plans with fiscal and space requirements through the President's Executive Advisory Committee; it does not appear that he was responsible for this previously. In 1974, the VP (Academic) was the executive officer of the Academic Policy Committee and a member of the Business and Finance Policy Committee, both of which were set up after the 1969 President's Review. In 1982, the VP (Academic) was a member of the Institutional Policy and Priorities Committee and the Olympic Planning Committee. In ca. 1984, the VP (Academic) lost responsibility for the Institutional Analysis Office and the Institutional Policy and Priorities Committee to the newly-created Vice-President (Priorities and Planning). In addition, long range academic planning, formerly the sole responsibility of the VP (Academic), was now done in consultation with the VP (Priorities and Planning). After the position of VP (Priorities and Planning) was discontinued, this function was completely returned to the VP (Academic). In 1988 or 1989, the name of VP (Academic) was changed to Provost and VP (Academic).

W.R. Trost was the first VP (Academic), serving from June 1966 to June 1969. Other incumbents have been: J.B. Cragg (Acting VP (Academic) and VP (Academic), July 1969-September 1971), Finley Alexander Campbell (Acting VP (Academic) and VP (Academic), October 1971-June 1976), Peter J. Krueger (VP (Academic), July 1976-June 1985), Peter Craigie (VP (Academic), July-August 1985), Peter Krueger (Acting VP (Academic), VP (Academic) and Provost and VP (Academic), January 1986-1990), Joy D. Calkin (Provost and VP (Academic), 1990-1997), Ronald B. Bond (Provost and VP (Academic), 1997-2006), Alan Harrison (Provost and VP (Academic), 2006-2011), and Dru Marshall (Provost and VP (Academic), 2011-).

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Fonds consists of correspondence, reports, minutes and reference material. Includes faculty and general correspondence files; records related to the Academic Pension Plan, collective bargaining, arbitration briefs and agreements, and salaries and benefits; records related to space and buildings; committee files such as Institutional Priorities and Planning Committee and the Interprovincial Committee on University Rationalization; legal records on the Vinogradov case (1978) and other legal files; Academic Program Committee minutes and subject files; University Planning Committee files; administrative subject files; budget and financial material; GPC manuals; GFC handbooks; academic department "unit" reviews; and appointment, promotion, and dismissal records.

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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