Nominations for the Search Committee for the Principal of the University of Toronto at Scarborough

PDAD&C #6, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Faculty, Staff and Students of the University of Toronto at Scarborough
Members of the Council of the University of Toronto at Scarborough
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   August 1, 2002
RE:   Nominations for the Search Committee for the Principal of the University of Toronto at Scarborough
cc:   President R. Birgeneau
The Bulletin

Professor Paul Thompson, who has served the University of Toronto at Scarborough with dedication and distinction, will officially end his second term as Principal on June 30, 2003. He is not eligible for re-appointment. We are now beginning a search for the next Principal of UTSC, the position effective July 1, 2003.

As many of you know, the Governing Council in late June adopted a motion that approved in principle a tri-campus administrative organization by which the Principals of University of Toronto at Mississauga and University of Toronto at Scarborough would each report jointly to the Provost (on academic matters) and the President (on other matters). The approved Framework for a New Structure of Academic Administration for the Three Campuses proposed the title of Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Following further consultation, the President is proposing that the title be Principal and Vice-President. In order to implement the directions outlined in the Framework, a number of changes have yet to be made to university policies. These changes will be proposed to the Governing Council this fall. If and when they are approved, the President plans to seek Governing Council approval to name the Principal a Vice-President. Since the policy changes have not yet been approved, we are presently conducting the search for a Principal of UTSc under the guidelines enunciated in the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, colloquially know as "The Perron Rules."

In accordance with Section 62 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators (Perron Rules), I am writing to call for nominations of individuals to serve on the search committee that will advise the President on the appointment of a new Principal for the University of Toronto at Scarborough. The Perron Rules mandate the potential composition of the committee, as follows:

  • The Vice-President and Provost or representative (Chair);
  • Three to five members of the teaching staff of the College and/or those who teach in the College's programs;
  • One to three students of the College;
  • The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or representative;
  • The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science or representative;
  • Two or three other qualified scholars from within or outside this University, but outside the College; and
  • A librarian, where appropriate.

In addition, the committee may include an alumnus/a and one or two members of the administrative staff. Given the tri-campus administrative structure that the University is proposing, the President plans to participate in this search.

Nominations should be sent to the attention of Lynn Snowden, the Secretary to the Search Committee. Ms Snowden can be reached by Email at or by FAX at 416-971-1380. The deadline for nominations to the Search Committee is September 16, 2002.