85 Appointment of Ms Marilynn Booth Director School of Continuing Studies

PDAD&C #85, 2004-05


To:   Staff and Students of the School of Continuing Studies                                                  Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:    Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date:    May 6, 2005
Re:   Appointment of Ms. Marilynn Booth, Director, School of Continuing Studies

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Marilynn Booth as Director, School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, effective January 1, 2006.

Ms. Booth is currently the Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and Professor in the School of Nursing at Ryerson. She received a B.Sc. in Nursing from McMaster University and an M.Sc. in Nursing from the University of Toronto.

A passionate educator for over 25 years, Ms. Booth has assumed progressively more senior responsibilities in the post-secondary education system in Ontario. In addition to her leadership role as a professor, program developer, innovator and manager, as Dean, she has brought Continuing Education at Ryerson to new record enrolments, net revenues, and collaborative ventures with the surrounding community and corporate world, both locally and nationally.

Ms. Booth has been a member of a number of international education projects, including activities in the Republic of Georgia, Bolivia, Hong Kong, China, United Arab Emirates and Jamaica. She has successfully led an $11 million fundraising campaign to secure the position of Continuing Education at Ryerson with an endowed School, a new building, major scholarship and bursary initiatives, and expanded programming for seniors. Her accomplishments embody a learner centred, market responsive, and innovative approach to development and management of educational ventures, often in collaboration with public and private corporate partners. She has committed her volunteer efforts to many non-profit boards and community initiatives.

In addition to her career in post-secondary education, she has been a significant contributor to the health care system, with a career in public health services, as well as membership on several international, national, provincial and local boards and planning bodies. She is committed to a consultative, collegial approach, in which she demonstrates open, direct, and positive communications, on-going team development, accountability, and a high level of personal energy and commitment to all projects she undertakes.

Marilynn Booth brings a strong record of commitment to continuing education. In particular, her visionary leadership and drive during the past twelve years have been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of Ryerson’s School of Continuing Education. She has the background and proven experience to provide leadership to U of T’s School of Continuing Studies and to help further advance our efforts with respect to continuing education and public outreach across the University.

An announcement will be made shortly with regards to an Acting Director for the School for the period July to December, 2005.