David H. Farrar is the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at McMaster University. Dr. Farrar has held several roles in University senior administration. From 2007 to 2015, he served as the Provost and Vice-President Academic at UBC. During the university presidential transition from 2015 to 2016, he served as Advisor to the President and then Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC.
As Provost, Dr. Farrar is the senior Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer of the University. The Provost reports to the President and Vice-Chancellor and is accountable to the President and the Senate for the academic administration, planning and development of the University. The Provost provides vision and leadership for all of McMaster’s academic activities including faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; attracting and retaining excellent students; enrolment management; graduate and undergraduate program development and assessment; student life, library resources; and strategic planning, including oversight of the academic budget and space allocation. The Provost is responsible for fostering an environment that promotes equity and inclusion and where creativity, scholarship, research and teaching excellence can flourish and where students and faculty members can excel.
Dr. Farrar previously served as Deputy-Provost and Vice-Provost of Students, with responsibility for all central enrollment, student affairs, and student service activities.
Dr. Farrar received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from The University of Toronto, and his doctorate from The University of Western Ontario. He was a post-doctoral fellow at The University of Cambridge and a faculty member at The University of Toronto for 26 years. He has authored and co-authored over eight technical papers, holds five patents, and has supervised more than 25 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Farrar has served on several boards.