Appointment of Professor Kwong loi Shun as Vice President and Principal University of Toronto at Scarborough

PDAD&C #61, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Robert Birgeneau, President
Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   May 8, 2003
RE:   Appointment of Professor Kwong-loi Shun as Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto at Scarborough

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Kwong-loi Shun as Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto at Scarborough for a six and one-half year term, beginning January 1, 2004 and ending June 30, 2010. Professor Shun is both a distinguished scholar and an accomplished academic administrator from the University of California at Berkeley.

A Professor of Confucian Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley since 1986, Professor Shun completed his PhD at Stanford University following bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Hong Kong, the University of London and Oxford University. In addition to numerous articles, reviews and encyclopedic entries, Professor Shun has recently published Mencius and Early Chinese Thought, the first volume of a three-volume work on Confucian thought, and has forthcoming from Cambridge University Press Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community, co-edited with David B. Wong. Professor Shun will hold an appointment in the Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto at Scarborough and in the University Graduate Departments of Philosophy and of East Asian Studies.

Professor Shun also holds the position of Dean of the Undergraduate Division, College of Letters and Science, University of California at Berkeley, a post to which he was named in 2000, following earlier appointments as Dean of Undergraduate Services, College of Letters and Science and Assistant Dean of the College of Letters and Science. The College of Letters and Sciences at UC Berkeley represents 70% of the University. Professor Shun is responsible for the undergraduate students and the interdisciplinary majors on the campus. He is known for his commitment to undergraduate education in a public research-intensive university and firmly believes that undergraduates deserve superior teaching. He is widely recognized for having improved the undergraduate experience in a time of expanding enrolment on the campus. As an administrator, he is known for choosing excellent people for his portfolio and is admired for his highly consultative style of leadership and success in an environment that depends on a high degree of collaboration.

Professor Shun is described by colleagues as a careful thinker who is also a visionary and energetic leader. We are confident that he is ideally suited and committed to lead the University of Toronto at Scarborough and take full advantage of its diversity and unique character as a campus of the University of Toronto, as it undergoes a transformative undergraduate student expansion and builds up its graduate and research enterprise.

I hope you will share our excitement about this splendid appointment for the University of Toronto at Scarborough and join us in welcoming Professor Shun to the University of Toronto community.