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President and Vice-Chancellor

Feridun Hamdullahpur

Committed to raising Waterloo’s international profile and enhancing the learning experience of students, President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur has led the university since 2010.

A professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, Hamdullahpur served as Waterloo’s provost and vice-president academic from 2009 to 2010. Previously Dr. Hamdullahpur served as the Provost and Vice-President Academic (2006-09) and as the Vice President Research and International (2000-06) at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The president of the university provides leadership in all matters internal and external. According to the terms of the University of Waterloo Act, 1972, the president is to be appointed by the Board of Governors, in agreement with the Senate.

Also reporting directly to the President are:

  • Vice-President Advancement
  • Vice-President University Relations
  • Vice-President University Research
  • Vice-President Administration & Finance
  • University Secretary

 Vice-Preside​nt Academic & Provost

George Dixon profile Hamdullahpur is supported by Vice-President Academic and Provost George Dixon, who serves as the university’s chief operating officer.

Appointed to the role in July 2017, Professor Dixon is a professor of biology who served as the vice-president of university research at the University of Waterloo. He has supervised the research of over 60 M. Sc. and Ph. D. students and has authored or co-authored over 180 refereed journal articles. He has also developed and taught numerous courses in environmental toxicology and risk assessment..

An expert in aquatic toxicology and environmental risk assessment and management, Professor Dixon has served as an advisor on metal contamination issues to Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Department of Justice (Canada), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Justice (US) and the World Health Organization, among others. He earned a Masters of Science degree (1975) from Concordia University, a PhD (1980) from the University of Guelph, and a B.Sc. (1972) from Sir George Williams University.

The vice-president academic and provost is the chief academic and budget officer of the University of Waterloo. Working closely with the president, he leads and supports the efforts of the deans, faculty and staff to drive academic excellence. The provost is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the university.