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.
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?
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.