Provost's Biography

Vice-President Academic & Provost

Dr. James Rush, Vice-President Academic and ProvostDr. James Rush was appointed Vice-President Academic and Provost of the University of Waterloo on July 1, 2018. In this role, Dr. Rush serves as the chief academic officer, the chief operating officer, and the chief operating budgetary officer of the university. He works closely with the president, the deans, and the executive team in executing the university strategic and operational plans.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Rush served in a number of other administrative roles at the University of Waterloo including dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and as chair of the Department of Kinesiology, where he continues to hold an academic appointment as professor.

Dr. Rush earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, a PhD in Physiology from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse, and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Rush held the Canada Research Chair in Integrative Vascular Biology and his research interests relate to the regulation of blood vessel function and influences on endothelium derived contracting factors on cardiovascular health and disease.