is a fan of music (especially jazz), a husband, a father of three, and an avid "Tweeter.
also graduated from Queen's
in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, making him one of the university's many proud alumni.
When he learned he would become the 20th principal of his alma mater, he felt a mixture of "shock, elation and a little bit of fear.
It was an honour and a challenge he
looked forward to when he
five-year term in September 2009, and one he
A historian by trade, Dr. Woolf continues to teach at Queen's on a part-time basis, which gives him the opportunity to interact with students.
has also continued with his
research and writing activities.
love of academia runs in the family; his
mother taught English at university, his
physician father was a member of a medical school faculty, and his
uncle is a historian of modern Europe.
transitioned to more administrative roles because of his
desire to have an impact on a bigger scale.
After teaching for several years, he became associate dean and then acting dean of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University, and later a dean at both McMaster University and the University of Alberta.
Queen's is bigger now than it was when Dr. Woolf was a student.
It's also more research-intensive and has a more diverse student body.
In the future, he
sees the university as a place known for innovation, a place with expanded capacity for research and graduate studies, a place that maintains high-quality undergraduate education, and a destination of choice for an increased number of international students.
Principal Woolf hosted actress and humanitarian Glenn Close on campus June 13, 2013.
Former United States President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn received honourary degrees presented by Chancellor Dodge and Principal Woolf at fall convocation, 2012.
Principal Woolf visited with Catherine Andre, a participant at the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship Presentation celebrating student achievement.
Principal Woolf visits with vendors at the Engineering Technology Career Fair for fall 2012.
[Daniel Woolf talking to alumni in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada.]
Alumni celebrated the launch of the Initiative Campaign with Daniel Woolf
in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada
in October, 2012.
[Principal Woolf with studentsat the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Queen's
School of English.]
Principal Woolf joined students in taking an English test at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Queen's School of English in 2012.
[Principal Woolf participating in Shinerama activities]
Principal Woolf participated in Shinerama activities in downtown Kingston during Frosh Week 2012.
[Daniel Woolf at Orentation Week BBQ]
served up some food to new students at the Orientation Week 2012 BBQ on the Summerhill lawn
Formula SAE Team showed Daniel Woolf
what they are working on at the campus community launch event for the Initiative Campaign, September 2012.
[Principal Woolf addressing faculty, staff and students at the campus community launch of the Initiative Campaign in September.]
Principal Woolf addressed faculty, staff and students at the campus community launch of the Initiative Campaign in September 2012.
[Principal Woolf welcoming His
Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to campus in October.]
Principal Woolf proudly welcomed His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to campus in October 2012.
[Principal Woolf with graduate student Paul Bradley and his friend Melissa McKay chatted with Daniel Woolf between classes. ]
Principal Woolf spent the day with graduate student Paul Bradley, in October 2012.
Paul and his friend Melissa McKay chatted with Daniel Woolf
[Daniel Woolf, with medical students and Education Minister John Molloy, on a tour of the simulation lab in the new School of Medicine building]
Daniel Woolf, with medical students and Education Minister John Molloy, on a tour of the simulation lab in the new School of Medicine building in 2011
Principal Woolf welcomes Kingston businesses to the Live & Work in Kingston Fair at Grant Hall.
[Principal Daniel Woolf, Provost Alan Harrison and MPP for Kingston and the Islands John Gerretsen, show Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges & Univiersities around campus during his April 2nd visit.]
Principal Daniel Woolf, Provost Alan Harrison and MPP for Kingston and the Islands John Gerretsen, show Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges & Univiersities around campus during his April 2, 2013 visit.
is motivated by the students at Queen's
- their energetic spirit, bright minds and dedication to making a difference in the world.
He occasionally has the opportunity to shadow a student for a day - to attend classes and chat over a meal.
The experience allows him to connect and glean insight into what students are thinking and feeling.
also engages regularly through Twitter
loves most about Queen's
are the people - students, faculty and staff - who make it tick, who transform the beautiful residential campus environment into a living, thriving learning environment where people are inspired to do great things.
Principal Woolf was reappointed for a second term on March 18, 2013.
This, to me, captures the close relation of all fields of knowledge - he
was a prophet of interdisciplinary study before disciplines even existed.
101.9 FM on Mondays at 2:30 pm to catch Daniel Woolf's
radio show Dark Glasses