The University of Prince Edward Island Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendation of the Search Committee for the Vice-President Academic and has appointed Dr. Christian Lacroix for a term through to June 30, 2016.
Dr. Lacroix has been serving in this capacity since July 1, 2012 and prior to that served as Dean of Science since 2006 and a full-time faculty member in the Department of Biology since 1990. He was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and became full professor in 2003. His field of specialty is developmental plant morphology and he currently teaches plant-science-related and first-year Enquiry Studies program courses.
UPEI President and Vice Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “I have enjoyed working with Dr. Lacroix for the past three years as part of the senior leadership team. I look forward to continuing our work together to help our students, institution, and community reach their full potential.”
Board of Governors Chair Tom Cullen added, “I’ve known Dr. Lacroix for many years and respect his integrity and dedication to the University. The Board is looking forward to his continued contributions as Vice-President Academic.”
During his time at UPEI, Dr. Lacroix has served as Chair of the Biology Department and as a member of numerous university committees including Senior Management Group, Academic Review and Planning, Senate, Internationalization, and Professor Emeritus Evaluation. He has acted as UPEI's representative and scholarship liaison officer with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and is the editor of Botany, a leading monthly international journal in biology. As Vice-President Academic, Dr. Lacroix has represented the University on the board of the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and is a member of the MPHEC Academic Advisory Committee.
Dr. Lacroix added, “I am committed to making UPEI a better place for our students, faculty, and staff. I look forward to continue serving as Vice-President Academic and working with the President, Vice-Presidents, Deans, and colleagues to support an excellent learning and teaching environment at the University.”