Our Thanks to Iain Young
After seven years of senior decanal leadership in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Iain Young, Executive Vice Dean and Medical Director of SEAMO, is stepping down from these administrative positions. Probably the best place to start this blog, is to say thanks. And thanks are indeed appropriate, but for sure insufficient. For the last seven years, Iain has dedicated his significant administrative, intellectual, and strategic talents to serving virtually every member of this faculty.
Iain has an incredible skill set that will be truly impossible to replace. His vast knowledge of Queen’s, and the way both the university and the faculty operate is staggering. As an academic pathologist, his knowledge of the clinical world has enabled him to stickhandle and manage literally hundreds of problems over his term. He served as a mentor to dozens of administrative leaders and department heads, and he’s been a respected and trusted colleague to me. Not a week has gone by in the last six years when I haven’t sought Iain’s advice and benefited from his wisdom.
Iain’s accomplishments in his decanal roles are many; too many to capture. However, to give you a flavour of some of his accomplishments, I will touch on a few examples of Iain’s stellar achievements.
Iain played the central role in amalgamating five basic science departments into what is now known as the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. As you can imagine, being the chief engineer of a merger of five departments was a Herculean task. It required skill, diplomacy, and at the time, extreme dedication to the collective decision making of the School of Medicine. Without Iain’s leadership and skill, this amalgamation might not have happened.
Another example of Iain’s talent is seen in his role as the Medical Director of SEAMO. Over the last five years, Iain has been the principal architect of a deliverables framework that has served SEAMO extremely well. This framework instantiates in policy and action, mechanisms to ensure that SEAMO departments are able to demonstrate to any stakeholder the responsible use of the funding they receive. This was by no means a glamorous task, nor an easy one! But one of Iain’s most important assets is the trust he has earned across our collegium, a trust that has served him well in implementing this framework which, for alternate funding plans across Ontario, is now looked at as leading edge.
Iain has assisted the university in the collective bargaining process. He has overseen the promotions, tenure, and renewal process for the faculty. He has been the key figure in the faculty recruitment process. He has orchestrated the School of Medicine’s academic reviews and served as chair of innumerable search committees. He has been a key player in hospital-university liaison. He has been the administrative lead on new faculty positions, CRCs, and other academic chairs. He has handled a myriad of delicate and complex personnel issues. And the list goes on.
But much more than all this, Iain has served as an advisor, a teacher and compassionate listener to hundreds of individuals during his long service as a senior administrative leader. His office door has always been open to the many who have sought his advice, and benefited from his sage counsel. And for me, he has been a greatly appreciated colleague and trusted confidant.
Iain will be sorely missed. Not just by me, Danielle Claus and her staff at SEAMO, Andrea Sealy and the staffing office, but by all from across our faculty, across the hospitals and across the university who have benefited from his wisdom.
If you have any kind words to add about Iain, please drop him a line or respond to the blog. We all wish Iain the best in the next chapter of his professional career.