Quadrangle Society members represent individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their careers outside academia, yet retain an appreciation and respect for academic pursuit. Quadrangle members are committed to our Massey community in a multitude of ways bringing their skills, wisdom and resources to help advance our collective priorities.
With regards to criteria for membership, in addition to our interest in attracting those considered exceptional in their field, we look for individuals that would describe themselves as curious and by others as persons of character naturally complementing our mandate to support both the development of the Junior Fellowship and an environment of interdisciplinary exchange.
The Chair of the Quadrangle Society is David R. Smith. In his inaugural speech, David said:
“It wouldn’t be Massey if we didn’t begin with a little bit of Latin:
Primus inter pares – first among equals
I am delighted to address you this evening and I view this responsibility truly as a “first among equals.” As such, I look forward to working with all of you to increase the effectiveness of our contribution, align our engagement with the mission of the College, and to support the priorities of the Principal of this College. Over the last twenty years, we have grown organically as a gateway from the walled garden to the outside world. We stand on the shoulders of giants and have benefited from the contributions of both members and the leaders among us including our founder, John Fraser, Susan Perren, Ivan McFarlane, Carolyn McIntrye-Smyth and most recently, our late friend, Ken McCarter.