Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Professor Tom Harris began his term in 2010 and was reappointed for a second five-year term starting in 2015. He oversees the University's fundraising and development activities (including annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, and corporate and foundation fundraising), alumni relations, and advancement services.
Professor Harris graduated from Queen's with a BSc in 1975 and returned in 1986 as a faculty member and Queen's National Scholar in the department of Chemical Engineering. He was department head (1992-1996) and served as the Dean of Applied Science between 1996 and 2007, when he returned to the department to continue teaching and his research. He continues teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
"During my time as dean and department head, I came to fully appreciate the impact that the support from Queen's alumni and friends has on our education and research programs, and on the lives of so many students," says Professor Harris. "I have also seen, on many occasions, the great satisfaction that supporters derive from their interaction with faculty and students."
Professor Harris's Queen's roots are deep. He is a lifetime member of the Queen's Alma Mater Society and a recipient of the Engineering Society's Golden Apple for excellence in teaching as well as the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award. His wife, daughter, son and brother are also Queen's graduates.