Office of the President

John McGrath became acting president of MacEwan University on July 4, 2019. He will hold the office until MacEwan’s new president is appointed in early 2020. His appointment was approved by the university board of governors in March 2019.


About Acting President John McGrath

Photo of MacEwan University Acting President John McGrath

In addition to several administrative and academic support roles, John has held a variety of leadership roles in higher education over his 30-year career in the sector, including vice-president, Information and Communication Systems and chief information officer at MacEwan University. Most recently, he served as MacEwan’s vice-president, Resource and People.

His accomplishments have been recognized with several awards from the university for service, leadership and innovation. He holds a master’s degree in Distributed Learning from Royal Roads University and has been recognized as an Exemplary Leader by the Academic Leadership Academy.

While in the role of acting president, John will also oversee the university's information technology, finance and facilities functions.


President's Budget Committee

The President’s Budget Committee oversees the development, planning and oversight of the university’s budget. The President’s Budget Committee (PBC) will meet semi-monthly to discuss various aspects of the budget.

Terms of Reference


Office of the President

Veronica Izsak
Executive Assistant to the President, Office of the President
780-497-5111 |

Marg Leathem
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
780-497-5406 |

Sumiko Yip
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President
780-633-3166 |

Joanne Machuca
Executive Assistant, Office of the President
780-497-5211 |

Jennine Schreiber
Strategic Communication Lead, Office of the President
780-497-5238 |