Harvey P. Weingarten became the University of Calgary's seventh President and Vice-Chancellor on September 1, 2001. He introduced major initiatives to enhance the student experience, to accelerate research momentum, and to launch the university into a $1.5-billion capital expansion program. In Weingarten's first term the university received government funding for a new digital library, Health Research Innovation Centre, health sciences program, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Child Development Centre, as well as private donations to create two named schools: the Haskayne School of Business and the Schulich School of Engineering. Under Dr. Weingarten, the University of Calgary emphasized the quality of the student experience, putting millions of dollars in new spending, including more than $6 million directly to students for priorities they identified. This is the only initiative of its kind in Canada. A distinguished scholar and researcher in the fields of psychology and medicine, Weingarten came to the University of Calgary from McMaster University, where he served as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) from 1996 to 2001.