Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic): Benoit-Antoine Bacon
Benoit-Antoine Bacon, provost and vice-principal (academic), is the university's chief academic, budget and operating officer. In these roles, Dr. Bacon is responsible for the development of the university’s budget and oversight of academic program development and review under the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes. He also works with his fellow vice-principals and senior leadership team to ensure that operational planning is fully integrated across the university, aligns with the university’s strategic vision, and is supported by an appropriate allocation of resources.
Dr. Bacon joined Queen’s University as provost and vice-principal (academic) on August 1, 2016. He previously served as provost and vice-president (academic affairs) at Concordia University in his hometown of Montreal. In 2016, he received an award as Concordia University Sustainability Champion.
His first academic appointment was at Bishop’s University, where he served in a number of leadership roles including dean of arts and science, associate vice-principal for research, chair of the psychology department and chief negotiator for the association of professors of Bishop’s University. He is a three-time recipient of Bishop’s Merit Award for exceptional performance in teaching and research.
Dr. Bacon holds a PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Montreal, after which he undertook an NSERC-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow, U.K. His research in the field of cognitive neuroscience focuses on the links between brain activity and perception in the visual and auditory systems, as well as on multisensory integration. He remains associated with the Montreal-based Neuropsychology and Cognition Research Center (CERNEC), which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).