Presidential Appointment

Aug. 13, 2020

On behalf of the Board of Governors and the Presidential Appointment Committee, I am incredibly pleased and excited to announce Dr. Kevin Hall as the next president of the University of Victoria.

Dr. Hall’s appointment is the result of an extensive, year-long international search process. His five-year term as president will begin November 1.

Visit for the official video announcement and more information about Dr. Hall and the appointment process.

About Dr. Kevin Hall

Currently, Dr. Hall is the vice-president and senior deputy vice-chancellor for global engagement and partnerships at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

He previously served the University of Guelph as vice-president for research and external partnerships.

He is a civil engineer who has made a global impact with his research on water quality modelling and environmental monitoring, pathogen detection systems, and water and health in marginalized communities.

Throughout his career, he has demonstrated commitment to truth, respect and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples; equity, diversity, inclusion and access to education; excellence in research, scholarship, creative activity and teaching; student support and wellness; and to building strong partnerships and community connections.

Dr. Hall is a forward-thinking leader with the vision and energy to move our university forward and the research and executive experience to advance UVic's global leadership and engage deeply with communities locally and around the world to drive social, environmental and economic change.

About the transition

While there is much work to be done to prepare for Dr. Hall’s arrival and a smooth presidential transition, I want to express our gratitude to President Cassels for his ongoing leadership through the first stages of the unprecedented COVID-19 challenges. We are grateful for his dedication and commitment to our university and to facilitating a smooth presidential transition. Please join us later this fall when we celebrate the extensive contributions President Cassels has made to UVic.

We will be in touch as these plans develop.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy McIntyre
Chair, University of Victoria Board of Governors