(photo: Dr. Paul Davenport) Dr. Paul Davenport,
President and Vice-Chancellor


Paul Davenport is the ninth President of The University of Western Ontario. He began a five-year term as Western's leader on July 1, 1994 and has been renewed for a third term to 2009. Dr. Davenport is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, With Great Distinction, Honors in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa), and the University of Toronto (MA, PhD). He taught economics at McGill University from 1973 to 1989 and also served as Vice-Principal for Planning and Computer Services (1986-1989). From 1989 to 1994 he served as President of the University of Alberta. He holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Toronto (2000), the International University of Moscow (2002), and the University of Alberta (1994). In 2001, Dr. Davenport was named a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the Government of France, and in 2002 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Davenport has a national reputation for working in a collegial manner to set academic priorities and to make selective budgetary decisions in support of excellence. He is a strong public advocate of the central role of higher education and fundamental research in the knowledge economy, and the vital importance of high quality undergraduate and graduate education. Under his leadership Western seeks to offer the best student experience among the leading research-intensive universities of Canada.

From 1973 to 1989, Dr. Davenport was a professor of economics at McGill University in Montreal and also served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (1982-1986), and Vice-Principal for Planning and Computer Services (1986-1989). From 1989 to 1994 he was President of the University of Alberta. He has served as Chair of the Association of Canadian Universities and Colleges of Canada (1997-1999) and Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities (1999-2001).

Dr. Davenport's research in economics has focused on productivity growth, fiscal federalism, and the knowledge-based economy. He has published widely in these fields in academic journals and books, and his research has been supported by grants from federal and provincial granting councils. He has supervised over 20 Masters and PhD theses and has taught honors and graduate courses in macroeconomics and on the Canadian and Quebec economies. Since 1973, he has presented more than 100 lectures and papers at academic meetings, conferences, and colloquia. In 1999, Dr. Davenport spent a three-month research leave at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris studying the role of universities in the knowledge economy.

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