McGill’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of Professor Fabrice Labeau as the new Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) at its meeting on May 23. In a message to the McGill community, Provost Christopher Manfredi announced the five-year renewable appointment, which begins June 1, 2019.
Prof. Labeau has served as Interim Deputy Provost (SLL) since June 18, 2018.
“During this time, he worked on establishing a culture of openness and collaboration with student associations and other key stakeholders within the University,” wrote Provost Manfredi. “[Prof. Labeau] has exercised careful oversight and financial management over the SLL units—which include Student Services, Enrolment Services, Teaching and Learning Services, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Athletics and Recreation, and the Office of the Dean of Students—and has maintained the sound delivery of services across these varied portfolios.”
Labeau’s appointment comes on the unanimous recommendation of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of a Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning).
Provost Manfredi praised Prof. Labeau’s “vast experience of leadership in academic settings and a deep knowledge of McGill.” A graduate of Belgium’s Universite catholique de Louvain, Labeau joined McGill’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2000. He has served in several leadership roles at the University, including Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies), Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs).
As a researcher, Labeau holds the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Information Infrastructure for the Power Grid. His work focuses on the application of signal processing to healthcare, power grids and communication. Labeau is active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), having served as President of that organization’s Vehicular Technology Society and Sensors Council, and Chair of its Montreal Section.