115 Resignation of Professor Kwong Loi Shun Vice President and Principal of UTSC

PDAD&C #115, 2005-06


TO: PDAD&C, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni, University of Toronto at Scarborough
DATE: June 30, 2006
SUBJECT: Resignation of Professor Kwong-loi Shun, Vice-President and Principal of UTSC
FROM: David Naylor, President
Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Professor Kwong-loi Shun has accepted a position as Chair Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and will be stepping down from his position as Vice-President and Principal of UTSC effective September 1, 2006.

The Chair Professorship has traditionally been held by leading Confucian scholars. Professor Shun notes that he has spent "thirteen years in university administration including two decanal positions at UC Berkeley prior to my current appointment". He views the new position as offering him "a unique opportunity" to advance his scholarship in Confucian studies and to participate more actively in the shaping of university education in East Asia while maintaining his academic network in North America and Europe.

Professor Shun assumed the role of Principal on January 1, 2004, and has made many contributions to the Scarborough campus over the last two-and-a-half years. Among his accomplishments are his role in the making of the experience of UTSC students a central concern in planning and the completion of the $150 million dollar building campaign which saw the opening of a number of academic buildings and a new student centre. Under his leadership, the campus has developed new international collaborations, including a unique collaboration with two high schools in China to bring Chinese students to UTSC for language preparation, and eventual entry to University. Most recently, he was instrumental in the University efforts to secure a $4-million gift from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, a Hong Kong-based non-profit Buddhist organization focused on inspiring public interest in Buddhism. The gift, the largest in the history of UTSC, will raise the profile of Buddhist studies in Canada by establishing an endowed visiting professorship and creating a series of ongoing conferences and public lectures. We share his confidence "that the campus is in good hands and will continue to make progress in its key areas of operation".

Professor Shun closed his letter of resignation by stating: "Being part of the campus has been a wonderful and memorable experience to which I will always look back with fondness."

Professor Shun has earned the respect of countless colleagues, staff, and students at the University of Toronto for his obvious integrity, commitment to participatory governance, activities as a champion of diversity and international outreach, and his focus on the student experience. Along with many others on all three campuses, we wish him well in his new position.

We will be consulting immediately about the appointment of an interim Vice-President and Principal with a view to bringing forward a recommendation in the next few weeks. A call for nominations for a advisory committee for the next Vice-President and Principal will be issued shortly with the process commencing in the fall of this year.