Advisory Search Committee for a Vice Provost Students

PDAD&C #8, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
All Faculty
Presidents, APUS, GSU, and SAC
Professional and Managerial Staff
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   August 7, 2002
RE:   Advisory Search Committee for a Vice-Provost, Students
cc:   President R. Birgeneau
The Bulletin
Interim Vice-Provost, Students

One of my first priorities at the University of Toronto will be to appoint a Vice-Provost, Students. I hope to make an appointment by the end of the first term. The appointment is one to which I, members of the University of Toronto faculty, and our students attach great importance. I will greatly appreciate your thoughtful help in identifying members of our community who would be splendid in this role.

Below you will find a description of the position and a call for nominations. Please do take a few minutes to think about who would be suitable and to forward your suggestions. I will also welcome expressions of personal interest in the position.

Also attached is a list of the members of the Advisory Search Committee established to aid me in making this appointment.

Position Description and Call for Nominations

The Vice-Provost, Students is a senior academic administrator reporting directly to the Vice-President and Provost. He or she will have responsibility for a wide array of functions, activities and policies affecting student recruitment and the student experience at the University of Toronto. These include admissions, enrolment, student financial aid, scholarships, fellowships and awards, student information systems and student services. The following officers report directly to the Vice-Provost, Students: Director of Student Recruitment; University Registrar and Director of Admissions and Awards; Director of the Office of International Student Exchange; Director of Student Information Systems; Director of Student Affairs; Director, Student Services and Career Centre; Warden, Hart House; and Director of Records, Statistics and Convocations. In the area of student recruitment there will be a close functional integration with the Office of Advancement, particularly with Alumni Affairs and Public Affairs. The Vice-Provost, Students is the Senior Assessor to the University Affairs Board.

The Vice-Provost, Students is a key member of the Provost's executive team. She or he will be expected to provide leadership and vision on high priority issues, such as graduate student funding, the undergraduate experience, and student recruitment; to work closely and constructively with the Provost, Vice-Provosts, other members of the university's senior administration, and Principals and Deans; and to be an integral part of the University's planning process.

This is a particularly challenging and exciting time for this portfolio as the University embarks on a period of unprecedented enrolment growth and a new cycle of planning. The Vice-Provost, Students must have a strong commitment to student development, demonstrated management abilities, and an ability to work with diverse student and staff populations. The position is well suited to a creative, energetic and accomplished academic administrator committed to academic rigor, a rich student experience outside of the classroom, equity, and accessibility for both undergraduate and graduate students.

If you have views about the position that you would like to relay to the Committee or if you would like to suggest names for the Advisory Committee to consider, please communicate these no later than September 27th, 2002 to the secretary of the committee, Lynn Snowden, at 27 King's College Circle, Rm. 221 or by e-mail to

Advisory Search Committee for a Vice-Provost, Students


  • Professor Shirley Neuman, Vice-President & Provost (Chair)
  • Ms Susan Addario, Director of Student Affairs
  • Professor Dyanne Affonso, Dean, Faculty of Nursing
  • Mr. Dan Bandurka, President, Student Council, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • Professor Rorke Bryan, Dean, Faculty of Forestry
  • Professor Gary Crawford, Associate Dean, Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Mississauga
  • Professor Frank Cunningham, Principal, Innis College
  • Ms Emily Holland, Full-time Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto at Mississauga
  • Ms Francoise Ko, Former Graduate Student Member, Governing Council, and Current Member, University Affairs Board
  • Dr. Sheldon Levy, Vice-President, Government and Institutional Relations, and Interim Vice-Provost, Students
  • Professor Ian McDonald, Associate Dean, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • Dr. John Nestor, Alumni Member, Governing Council
  • Professor David Rayside, Department of Political Science
  • Professor Wendy Rolph, Vice Dean (Academic), Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Ms Karel Swift, University Registrar and Director, Admissions and Awards
  • Professor Anastasios Venetsanopoulos, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
  • Professor Catharine Whiteside, Associate Dean, Inter-Faculty and Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Medicine
  • Ms Birgitta Wilson, Part-time Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Ms Geeta Yadav, Former Full-time Undergraduate Student Member, Governing Council and Current Member, University Affairs Board
  • Ms Lynn Snowden, Assistant Vice-Provost, Arts & Science (Secretary)