Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. McPherson began her career at Lakehead University in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She holds a PhD specializing in Applied Biomechanics and is regularly sought out for her scholarly and professional experience in applied kinematic and biomechanical skill analyses by both national and international organizations.
Following seven successful years as the Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. McPherson became the University's Associate Vice-President (Academic), prior to being appointed as Deputy Provost in 2011. She had served as the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) since 2012.
Dr. McPherson led the development and implementation of the 2012-2017 Academic Plan, the University's transition to the Institutional Quality Assurance process, and to a Strategic Enrolment Management Framework. She had led the development of the University's Strategic Mandate Agreements, and established and continues to guide the implementation of the Integrated Planning and Budgeting Process.
Dr. McPherson served two terms on the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents.
As Interim President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. McPherson will work with the University's Board of Governors to oversee Lakehead's various initiatives and operations through the presidential transition period.