Dr. Colleen Cook named McGill’s Trenholme Dean of Libraries

McGill announces three senior appointments

Sep. 29, 2010

One of North America’s leading librarians, a veteran operations executive and a top Canadian researcher/research administrator join leadership team

McGill University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum announced today that the University’s Board of Governors, at its Sept. 28, 2010 meeting, approved the appointments of three highly experienced executives to fill positions in McGill’s senior administrative team.

They are, in alphabetical order: Dr. Colleen Cook, who has been named the Trenholme Dean of Libraries; Mr. Michael Di Grappa, the University’s new Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance); and Dr. Rose Goldstein, who will become McGill’s next Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations).

“I am delighted to welcome these talented and experienced leaders to McGill,” Prof. Munroe-Blum said. “These individuals are all extremely well-respected in their fields and will bring new energy, perspectives and distinctive contributions to our team of valued and exceptional colleagues. Universities are institutions that require continual renewal and refreshment to remain vigorous and forward-thinking in their approaches to research, teaching and scholarship. These new members of our executive team will help sustain and develop McGill’s standing as one of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning, research and innovation, locally, nationally and internationally.”

Colleen Cook, who will commence her deanship at the beginning of January 2011, comes to us from Texas A&M University, where she is Dean of Libraries and holder of the Sterling C. Evans Endowed Chair. Dr. Cook helped to develop and promote LibQUAL+®, the premier assessment tool for measuring library service quality internationally. At Texas A&M, Dr. Cook chairs the Educational Environment Council.  She also serves on the American Library Association (ALA) committee on research and statistics. Dr. Cook is active in library assessment, chairing both the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics and Assessment Committee and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Statistics and Evaluation Section Standing Committee. She earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M and holds BA and MLS degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from Texas A&M University.