Appointment of a Vice President University of Toronto at Mississauga and a Vice President University of Toronto at Scarborough

PDAD&C #12, 2002-2003

M E M O R A N D U M

TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Robert J. Birgeneau, President
Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
Carolyn Tuohy, Vice-President, Policy Development and Associate Provost
DATE:   September 4, 2002
RE:   Appointment of a Vice-President, University of Toronto at Mississauga and a Vice-President, University of Toronto at Scarborough

As you are aware, the Governing Council in late June, 2002 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 overall campus management matters). The approved Framework for a New Structure of Academic Administration for the Three Campuses proposed the addition of the title Vice-Chancellor” to the Principal’s position to reflect these augmented responsibilities.

Many members of the Academic Board and of Governing Council expressed preference for another title, such as Vice-President, rather than Vice-Chancellor; and we undertook to consider this change. Following further consultation, we agreed that a vice-presidential title was appropriate for the head of a campus, and that the positions of Vice-President, University of Toronto at Mississauga and Vice-President, University of Toronto at Scarborough should be created; we also agreed that these positions should be held by the two Principals respectively. This change, unlike some others contemplated in the Framework, does not require changes to frozen policies. Vice-Presidential positions are covered by the Policy on Appointments and Remuneration, rather than by the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, and are created upon the recommendation of the President to Executive Committee and to Governing Council.

It is important to move ahead with this first step in the implementation of the Framework expeditiously, in order for the two campus heads to have the positions of administrative leadership necessary to proceed with the multitude of campus issues entailed in enrolment expansion, and in order that the search for the next Principal of UTSC be launched immediately with the new title and reporting relationship in place.

Accordingly, the President has recommended to Governing Council that the positions of Vice-President, University of Toronto at Mississauga and Vice-President, University of Toronto at Scarborough be established, and that Professor Ian Orchard and Professor Paul Thompson, respectively, be appointed to these positions, effective September 4, 2002. This proposal was approved by the Executive Committee and the Governing Council today.

Subsequent changes to the administrative structure on each campus, some of which require changes to the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators which is frozen” under the Memorandum of Agreement with UTFA, will be implemented over the coming year, subject of course to the concurrence of UTFA. Notable among these are the creation of a departmental structure at UTM (and the re-naming of divisions as departments at UTSC) and the creation of the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean, to whom the Chairs of these departments will report. These further changes will consolidate the structure and reinforce the position of each Principal and Vice-President as head of their respective campuses, and the lodging of decanal responsibilities with the Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean.

Please join us in congratulating Ian Orchard and Paul Thompson on the assumption of these new roles and in wishing them great success in leading their campuses at this critical time.