Patrick Deane (professor)

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Patrick Deane
7th President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University
Assumed office
July 1, 2010
Preceded by Peter George
Acting President of the University of Winnipeg
In office
2003 – June 6, 2004
Preceded by Constance Rooke
Succeeded by Lloyd Axworthy
Personal details
Born (1956-12-09) December 9, 1956 (age 60)
South Africa
Nationality Canadian
South African
Alma mater University of Witwatersrand
University of Western Ontario
Occupation Academic administration
Profession Academic

Patrick Deane (born December 9, 1956) is a Canadian academic. Deane is the seventh and current president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University.[1]

Born in 1956[2] and raised in South Africa, he studied English and law at the University of Witwatersrand. In 1978, he emigrated to Canada, studying English literature at the University of Western Ontario. There he would earn his M.A. in 1980 and a Ph.D in 1985. From 1984-84, Deane was also a Queen Elizabeth II Scholar.[3]

Deane's professional career began in 1986, working as a faculty member of the University of Toronto's Department of English. He would however return to Western in 1988, when the university's Department of English extended an invitation for him to teach there. Deane had eventually became the vice-chair of the department in 1993, and the chair of the department in 1997. In 2001, Deane had accepted a position with the University of Winnipeg as their Vice-President (Academic). During his time at Winnipeg, he was also the chief officer of the Inter-Universities North.[3] In 2002, with the resignation of the university's president, Deane was made the acting-president of the university in 2003. During his tenure as acting-president, Deane oversaw the elimination of the university's large accumulated debt, without the cancellation of any programs or loss of jobs. Deane eventually handed over the presidency to Lloyd Axworthy, and was appointed as provost at the university. In 2005, Deane accepted a position at Queen's University as the Vice-Principal of Academics of the university, providing academic leadership to all seven faculties and schools, the Office of the Registrar, Institutional Planning and Analysis, and Student Affairs.[3]

Deane's appointment as the next President of McMaster University was announced on October 15, 2009, following the approval of the University's Board of Governors.[4] On July 1, 2010, Deane assumed the role as McMaster's President and he was formally installed at the University's fall convocation ceremony on November 19, 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "Chancellors and Presidents". University Secretariat. McMaster University. 2010. 
  2. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  3. ^ a b c "BiographicNote-Oct2010" (PDF). McMaster University. McMaster University. 
  4. ^ "McMaster announces next President". McMaster Daily News. Office of Public Relations, McMaster University. 15 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Metroland (21 November 2010). "McMaster's new president draws a convocation ovation". The Hamilton Spectator. Metroland Media Group Ltd. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Constance Rooke
President of University of Winnipeg (acting)
2003 - June 6, 2004
Succeeded by
Lloyd Axworthy
Preceded by
Peter George
President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University
July 1, 2010–present