Alan Harrison became Queen's Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) on August 1, 2011.
Provost Harrison is a professor of economics, having graduated with a PhD from the University of Essex in England. He spent a year at Queen’s in the mid 1970s in the Department of Economics as a visiting scholar.
Before returning to Queen's, Alan Harrison was Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Calgary, a position he held since 2006.
Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University.
Provost Harrison has held a variety of positions at McMaster University, including Dean of Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of Economics.