Appointment of Professor Ian Orchard as Principal of the University of Toronto at Mississauga

PDAD&C #42, 2001-2002


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni of the University of Toronto at Mississauga
FROM:   Adel Sedra, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   March 19, 2002
RE:   Appointment of Professor Ian Orchard as Principal of the University of Toronto at Mississauga
cc:   The Bulletin

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Ian Orchard as Principal of the University of Toronto at Mississauga, beginning July 1, 2002, his term ending on June 30, 2010 (a seven-year term, with one year leave midway through his term).

Professor Orchard is well known to the University community. He is a Professor of Zoology, having joined the University in 1982, after completing a doctorate at the University of Birmingham, followed by a five-year period as a research fellow at York University. A highly accomplished researcher in the study of insect neurobiology, Professor Orchard has also gained considerable experience in senior administration, serving from 1993-97 as Associate-Dean, Science, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and later as Vice-Dean, before joining the Provost's team as the first Vice-Provost, Students.

Professor Orchard has distinguished himself in his work as Vice-Provost, Students, a portfolio that he virtually created and one that he made into a tremendous success. He chaired the committee that developed the University's policy of guaranteed funding packages for doctoral-stream graduate students. Since its implementation, he has worked tirelessly to put that policy into practice. Under Professor Orchard's leadership, the University has vastly improved its recruitment programming, developed a highly accountable and effective student aid program, and forged very productive linkages within the student affairs portfolio. Professor Orchard has earned credibility and great respect among our student leaders, both for his commitment to the needs of our students and for his ability to generate cooperative relations in dealing with contentious and sensitive issues.

Professor Orchard recognizes the enormous potential of UTM at this juncture in its history as it embarks on a period of unprecedented enrolment and capital growth. He is committed to ensuring that the choices made by UTM during this decade are always driven by the goal of achieving excellence in the makeup of its faculty, students, and staff. His understanding of UTM and of the University, as well as his experience in dealing with a very wide range of the members of our community, will serve him well in the challenges and opportunities involved in leading UTM throughout this decade.

During this period of extraordinary change at UTM, Professor Orchard is an ideal choice to lead UTM. I ask you all to join with me in congratulating him on his appointment as Principal.