Appointment of David Farrar as Vice Provost Students

PDAD&C #24, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   November 1, 2002
RE:   Appointment of David Farrar as Vice-Provost, Students

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that at its meeting yesterday evening Governing Council approved the appointment of Professor Dave Farrar as Vice-Provost, Students, beginning January 1, 2003 his term ending on June 30, 2009. Professor Farrar was very enthusiastically recommended to me by the Advisory Search Committee for the position.

Professor Farrar, an inorganic chemist, is Chair of the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He joined the University of Toronto faculty in 1981 after completing his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Toronto and his doctorate at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on the synthetic methodologies of phosphorous compounds. He has authored or co-authored over 70 technical papers, hold 3 patents, and has supervised over 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Professor Farrar comes to the job with 8 years of academic administrative experience: five years as Associate Chair, Undergraduate Students, followed by three years as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He has been both an extremely active University citizen and an innovative and dedicated Department Chair, focusing his energies on student programming, recruiting top-flight faculty, and overseeing the construction of the Davenport Building and renovations to the Lash Miller Building in a way that maximizes the impact of available funds while minimizing disruption to the department's activities.

Professor Farrar believes that educating students is the most important facet of a faculty position at the University of Toronto. He has made major contributions to undergraduate education by enriching Chemistry's course offerings, introducing new programs, improving facilities, and counselling students. In addition, he has made inspired use of information technology in the teaching of both his undergraduate and graduate students.

Among his responsibilities in his new office, Professor Farrar will lead the undergraduate and graduate student experience initiatives in the upcoming academic plan. I am very much looking forward to working with Dave over the next years and to the many contributions he will make to the work of academic leadership at the University of Toronto.