Vice-President Academic and Provost Search

Following an international search conducted in accordance with the appointment policy, Dr. Elizabeth Croft has been appointed as Vice-President Academic and Provost. Her appointment will begin on July 1, 2022.

Elizabeth Croft is a visionary and forward-thinking leader with a track record of building inclusive, collegial and collaborative partnerships. In each of her senior leadership positions, her action-oriented approach has delivered results in areas of importance to our university, including strong academic programs, reconciliation and decolonization, student experience, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Croft is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University in Australia, where she oversees over 8,000 students and 500 academic and professional staff, with programs in Australia, China, Malaysia and India. Croft holds a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, an M.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of human-robot interaction.

Before joining Monash University, Croft was a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. While at UBC she was a Senior Associate Dean, an Associate Dean of Education and Professional Development, the Marshal Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics, and the Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

UVic’s current Vice-President Academic and Provost, Valerie Kuehne, will be stepping down on February 28, 2022. To ensure a smooth transition, Susan Lewis will be Acting Vice-President Academic and Provost from March 1 to June 30, 2022.