Prominent Alberta academic leader Dr. Dru Marshall joins the University of Calgary
May 30, 2011
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calgary, announced today that Dr. Dru Marshall has been appointed the university’s new Provost and Vice-President (Academic), effective August 1, 2011.
Marshall is one of Alberta’s most experienced academic leaders and administrators. For the past four years she has been Deputy Provost at the University of Alberta, where she has been an important member of the President’s Executive Team and has had responsibility for a broad portfolio that includes the university’s academic budget, strategic initiatives, and academic quality assurance.
She has been the key provincial government liaison for U of A on academic budget, enrolment, tuition and other academic issues, and has been the lead on major strategic initiatives with organization-wide impact such as the university’s institutional access plan. She has also been the Regional Chair for U of A’s international strategies in Brazil and Mexico.
“Marshall is a stellar leader and academic with deep roots in the province of Alberta,” said Cannon. “She will be instrumental in advancing the University of Calgary’s academic reputation, and shaping a clear and shared vision of our future that engages both the university community and communities in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and around the world.”
One of Canada’s most recognized and respected experts in the field of exercise physiology, Marshall has participated in numerous national and provincial committees and advisory boards that have shaped public policy in the areas of health, wellness and physical activity. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Provost at U of A she held a series of increasingly senior roles in the university’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, including Vice Dean; Associate Dean Academic; and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs.
“The University of Calgary is a great university with even greater potential, in Canada’s most dynamic city,” said Marshall. “I look forward to working with President Cannon and her leadership team, and faculty, staff and students across the university, as we build the university’s academic mission together and forge closer ties with the broader community.”
Marshall is highly regarded for her work in women in sport and physical activity. She has twice been recognized by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) as one of the most influential women in sport in Canada. She is a sought-after speaker and presenter at academic, government and association conferences and events across Canada, and is currently Chair of CAAWS. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over 60 reports, manuals, abstracts and articles, and contributed to 60 research projects.
Throughout her career Marshall has been involved at the highest levels of amateur sport as a coach, trainer and physiologist. She helped lead the National Women’s Field Hockey Team to medals in the 1999 Pan Am Games, the 2001 Americas Cup, and numerous competitive tours of Europe. She has a long list of prestigious coaching awards, and continues to mentor young coaches today. She currently serves on two editorial boards for coaching journals.
Marshall holds a PhD and an MSc in Physical Education and Sports Studies from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Manitoba.
For more information about the Provost’s portfolio at the University of Calgary, visit: http://www.ucalgary.ca/provost/portfolio