I read today that Elizabeth Cannon became the eighth president of the University of Calgary this summer, and the first female. She rose from professor to the head of the Geomatics Engineering Department, and most recently was the dean of the school of engineering. She holds a PhD in geomatics engineering from the university, and has made many contributions to highly accurate GPS navigation. Canada seems to revere their geomatics professionals, with John McLaughlin a prior example of a geomatics engineering professional rising to the ranks of college president, here with the University of New Brunswick. Are there university presidents elsewhere that have risen to such ranks?
I’d like to think that the multidisciplinary approach of geomatics confers special skills that are particularly needed in today’s quickly evolving academic world.