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President and Provost Meet With Advisory Board

John Brennan
McMaster President David Farrar was the opening act and John Brennan gave an encore performance for members of the Dean's External Advisory Board.

John BrennanPresident Farrar led off last month's virtual meeting with an update on McMaster's strategic plan. John, who'd met with the advisory board last May to talk about his work as Director of the Biointerfaces Institute, returned to give an update on COVID-19 rapid tests. Provost Susan Tighe also met with the Advisory Board for a conversation about the future of enrolment, virtual learning, micro-credentialing and career planning supports for students.

Dean Maureen MacDonald updated the advisory board on earlier discussions about succession planning and leadership development; equity, diversity and inclusion practices; and commercialization of research. Maureen then gave the advisory board an overview of the Faculty of Science's budget and strategic plans.

Ten scientists and business leaders were recruited to the advisory board in 2019 to share their expertise and insights with the Dean and Associate Deans and also serve as ambassadors for the Faculty of Science in their professional and personal networks.

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