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Concordia’s Board approves second 5-year mandates for university librarian Guylaine Beaudry and Amir Asif, dean of Engineering and Computer Science

André Roy’s term has been extended for one year as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
June 28, 2018
By Karen McCarthy

Guylaine Beaudry was reappointed for a second mandate as university librarian. She also holds the position of vice-provost of Digital Strategy. Guylaine Beaudry | Photo by Concordia University

Concordia’s Board of Governors has approved the reappointments of Guylaine Beaudry as university librarian and Amir Asif as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science for five-year terms.

The Board also extended the term of André Roy as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science by one year.

“Guylaine, Amir and André have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their respective portfolios. They are integral members of our senior academic team,” says Graham Carr, vice-president of Academic Affairs.

“Under Guylaine’s first term, she transformed the Webster Library and Grey Nuns Reading Room, and launched Concordia University Press,” he says.

”She is recognized across the institution as an expert communicator and collaborator who has successfully converted strategic goals into concrete action.”

Beaudry’s second five-year term begins on July 1, 2019 and ends on June 30, 2024.

“Amir has led several impressive projects during his first term, including the creation of the new Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering,” says Carr.

“We’ve also seen tremendous growth and diversification of externally funded research in the faculty. This supports our strategic direction of double our research.”

His second five-year term begins on August 1, 2019 and ends on July 31, 2024.

“André has made interdisciplinary collaboration a priority within the Faculty of Arts and Science,” says Carr.

“His many accomplishments include FAS 2025, a 10-year strategic plan for the faculty and the unique public discussion series Beyond Disciplines.”

Roy’s term ends on July 31, 2019. An advisory search committee will be established by Concordia’s president in 2019 with the goal of appointing a new dean effective August 1, 2020.

Guylaine Beaudry: an engaged and collaborative strategic leader

Beaudry joined the university in October 2009 as director of the Webster Library and assumed the position of interim university librarian in July 2013.

She was appointed university librarian for a five-year term on May 1, 2014.

During her first term, Beaudry played a prominent role on the President’s Strategic Directions Steering Committee. She also created an internal group to oversee the Library’s own planning process. Consultation and communication were cornerstones of this process. This resulted in a strategic plan that reflects the needs of students, faculty and staff.

However, it is the transformation of the Webster Library that best exemplifies Beaudry’s visionary leadership. The three-year ambitious project has produced a forward-looking 21st-century library that supports world-class teaching, learning and research.

According to Beaudry, consultations were the backbone of the project’s success. The feedback contributed to moving ahead in new directions to envision a next-generation library.

Beaudry is highly engaged in many university committees. Currently, she serves on Senate, Academic Cabinet, the Academic Priority and Planning Committee, the Open Access Working Group and the Women and Leadership Advisory Council.

In August 2017, Beaudry was appointed vice-provost of Digital Strategy. In this role, she is spearheading the development of the university’s digital strategy as a next-generation university.

In 2017-18, work included an environmental scan, a student survey, a series of consultations as well as the Concordia President’s Speaker Series on Digital Futures.

Beaudry holds a PhD in History of the Book from École pratique des hautes études (Paris) and a Master of Library and Information Science from Université de Montréal.

Amir Asif has been renewed as the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science for a second term. Amir Asif | Photo by Concordia University

Amir Asif: a collaborative leader and effective advocate

Asif assumed the position of dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science on August 1, 2014.

Under his leadership, the faculty has built tremendous momentum with an unprecedented boost in research funding and significant advances in both national and international rankings.

For example, for the first time, Concordia earned a placed in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 World University Rankings by Subject in the field of engineering and technology. The university ranked among the world’s top 300.

He also led the development of the 2016-21 strategic plan that sets out key strategic initiatives to position the faculty to become a world leader in training the next generation of engineers and computer scientists.

Asif is known for taking a broad collaborative approach with faculty and staff when leading initiatives. These include the creation of Quebec’s first software engineering PhD, a BEng in Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.

His collaborative approach is also reflected in the development of joint academic programs with other faculties and the advancement of cross-disciplinary collaborative research in fields such as smart, sustainable cities and communities.

Asif holds a MSc and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

André Roy’s term as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science has been extended by one year. André Roy | Photo by Concordia University

André Roy: encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and bold thinking

Among Roy’s achievements over the past four years is the faculty’s strategic plan, FAS 2025. This living document, developed in consultation with faculty members, staff and students articulates a vision to build a future that embraces interdisciplinarity and bold thinking. It also outlines initiatives that reflect the faculty’s creativity, passion and diversity.

Under Roy’s leadership the faculty welcomed the first-ever Jurist-in-residence, Judge Morton Minc, participated in the NSERC-organized and Canada-wide Science Odyssey, and launched the successful Beyond Disciplines discussion series.

Roy holds an MA in Geography from the Université de Montréal and a PhD in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The provost thanks members of the evaluation committees

Carr, who chaired both evaluation committees, thanked the members of the evaluation committees for their hard work and diligence throughout the process:

Evaluation committee for the university librarian

Helen Antoniou, Christopher Bober, Fabienne Cyrius, Deepak Reddy Erropole, Karen Jensen, Michelle Lake, Geoffrey Little, Kwabena Otchere, Oma Riaz and Andrea Renaud, who served as secretary.

Evaluation committee for the dean of Engineering and Computer Science

Otmane Ait Mohamed, Ciprian Alecsandru, Ibrahim Babiker, Abdessamad Ben Hamza, Deepak Reddy Erropole, Hélène Fortin, Stuart Thiel, Marisa Ward, Yong Zeng, and Andrea Renaud, who served as secretary.


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