posted on July 30: McMaster bids warm farewell to Harvey Weingarten


[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Harvey Weingarten, President George”]His farewell was bittersweet.

Harvey, I know that you keep telling me that no one is
irreplaceable, but I doubt that you will be replaced.

Those remarks, by associate vice-president academic Fred Hall,
summed up the feelings of many people who attended a
farewell reception for University provost and vice-president
academic Harvey Weingarten earlier this month.

Weingarten becomes href=””>president of the University of Calgary on Sept. 1. (See Daily
story on href=”″>his appointment.)

People come along in times of need. McMaster needed Harvey
Weingarten in 1996 and he helped lead us through difficult times
to some truly outstanding achievements, remarked President
Peter George. Now the University of Calgary is in need — and
Harvey will rise to the occasion, I have no doubts.”

George called the day a bittersweet one for McMaster. “This is a
day of mixed emotions. On the one hand there's a sense of
pride, so proud of one of our own, one of McMaster's best, being
recognized as just that and recruited elsewhere because of his
enormous capabilities, while at the same time there's a bit of an
empty and perhaps even an envious feeling, that another
university will reap in the future the benefits of Harvey's wisdom,
his intellectual spirit and his passion for university life,”
remarked President George.

Weingarten joined McMaster's department of psychology in
1979. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate students
in a number of areas of psychology including behavioural
neuroscience and the controls of eating and its disorders. His
research has earned him international renown and numerous

He served as chair of the department for three years before
being named dean of science in 1995. A year later, he took up
the post of provost and vice-president academic, where he was
responsible for all academic programs and the 1,100 full-time
and sessional teaching staff within the University's 49 academic
departments and six Faculties.

During his term in office, he led the institution through a period of
significant academic and administrative change and institutional
renewal. He was instrumental in the development of several key University documents such as href=””>Directions (I, II,
and III)
, a planning document developed by senior
administrators which set out the academic priorities and
purpose of the institution and defined the University's mission,
vision and goals.

During his five years in office, Weingarten set McMaster on a
course for continued excellence in research and scholarship,
established principles and priorities for resource allocation,
supported new programs and initiatives for institutional renewal,
helped to create a more student-focused university and
developed an