Question on former dean Richard Levin

During the Nov. 29 webcast (view it here), Principal Heather Munroe-Blum fielded questions on a wide range of topics. She answered about 20 questions before time ran out, but you’ve asked us well over 100 questions, and we’re going to do our best to give you answers on this blog as quickly as we can.

The question:

With the recent stepping down of the former Vice-Principal and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Richard I. Levin, I would like to know the steps that you personally took to try to retain this extraordinary individual, whose leadership and vision were admired by so many? Secondly, what does his departure say about your inability to retain the best and brightest at McGill University?

The response:

Former dean Levin is an extraordinary person – smart, kind and extremely talented – and I know his leadership was greatly admired. He left for personal reasons, and I was sorry to see him go. It is the nature of universities today that talent is mobile – the best and brightest do move to different challenges. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Benaroya take over as interim, and Dr. Eidelman, an internal hire, assume the role. It speaks to the quality of people here at McGill and how gifted they are.

3 Responses to “Question on former dean Richard Levin”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dean Levin may have left the university, but his tenure at McGill will never be forgotten! The new Dean has very big shoes to fill.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    What one can read into her inability to answer the entire question is that she actually did not do anything at all to retain this extraordinary individual which I think speaks volumes to her inability to retain the best and the brightest for our great university.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    The question was ” I would like to know the steps that you personally took” and this was not addressed at all in the response. Very sad.

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