Dr. Stephen McClatchie, Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research, Mount Allison University, has been appointed the new Principal of Huron University College, effective July 1, 2011.
Last year McClatchie was reappointed to a second term as Provost and Vice-President, a position he has held since 2006. During his time at Mount Allison, he led the development of a student recruitment and retention plan that helped to increase student numbers and resulted in the creation of the new position of Vice-President, Student Affairs; oversaw the development of an Academic Renewal Plan that is currently being implemented; and spearheaded the establishment of the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies.
McClatchie, a native Londoner, said, “I am both excited and honoured to have been chosen as Huron University College’s next Principal. Ever since I was an undergraduate student at Western, I have been aware of Huron’s reputation for academic excellence and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to ensure that it continues to embody the best of liberal arts and theological post-secondary education."
In announcing the appointment, Tim Duncanson, Chair of Huron’s Executive Board stated, “Dr. McClatchie brings a wealth of experience and solid background to the position of Principal. We are very pleased he will be joining Huron and look forward to working with him to advance the priorities of the University."
McClatchie received his PhD in Systematic Musicology from The University of Western Ontario in 1994. He is an active scholar in the fields of musicology and music history and has published two books: The Mahler Family Letters (Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback 2009; German edition, Weidle Verlag, 2006) and Analyzing Wagner’s Operas: Alfred Lorenz and German Nationalist Ideology (University of Rochester Press, 1998); as well as numerous journal articles, reviews, and presentations. McClatchie is a strong believer in the importance of an academic administrator to remain connected to the academic enterprise for both personal and institutional credibility.
Prior to his Mount Allison appointment, McClatchie was Associate Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Regina, where he also held the positions of Acting Vice-President (Research) and Assistant Dean of Fine Arts.
McClatchie succeeds Dr. Ramona Lumpkin who left Huron in September 2010 to assume the position of President and Vice-Chancellor for Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Dr. Trish Fulton has served as Interim Principal since October 1st.
Huron University College is the founding college of The University of Western Ontario with which it remains affiliated. Huron has a current enrolment of approximately 1,300 students in the liberal arts and Theology.