Dr. Bill Leggett received his MSc in zoology from the University of Waterloo in 1965 and went on to obtain his PhD from McGill University in 1969.
Dr. Leggett spent 25 years working at McGill. Starting out as an Assistant Professor in 1970, he was named Dean of Science in 1986 and then Vice-Principal Academic in 1991. In 1994 Bill left McGill to become the 17th Principal of Queen’s University.
As Queen’s Principal from 1994-2004, Dr. Leggett oversaw the largest fundraising campaign and capital renewal program in the University’s 160-year history. Under his leadership, Queen’s became a leader amongst Canadian universities in its approach to international study programs and research.
Bill is a member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received honourary degrees from McGill, Queen’s, McMaster, Laurier, and the University of Waterloo. Bill is a leading researcher, having authored or co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles on fish ecology and fisheries oceanography.