Appointment Interim Vice President and Principal UTSC

PDAD&C #4, 2006-07


To Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni,
University of Toronto at Scarborough
From: David Naylor, President
Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: July 27, 2006
Re: Appointment of Professor Jonathan Freedman, Interim Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC)

As announced on July 6, the Vice-President and Principal of the University of Toronto at Scarborough, Professor Kwong-loi Shun, has accepted a position as Chair Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Shun will be resigning as Vice-President and Principal of UTSC effective September 1, 2006. A search for a new Vice-President and Principal will commence in the fall.

We have consulted broadly with the UTSC community on the appointment of an Interim Vice-President and Principal. An invitation was extended to submit suggestions for the criteria that should be used in the selection of an Interim Vice-President and Principal as well as nominations for an Interim Vice-President and Principal. We are grateful for the significant feedback that we received from a broad range of constituents in the UTSC community, as well as from the entire University community.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jonathan Freedman as Interim Vice-President and Principal, effective September 1, 2006 until June 30, 2007 or until the appointment of a new Vice-President and Principal, whichever comes first.

Professor Emeritus Jonathan Freedman is a social psychologist. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his PhD from Yale University. He was an assistant and associate professor at Stanford University and a full Professor at Columbia University. His research has focused on social influence, the effects of crowding and jury decision making. He has worked with a number of crown and defense attorneys as an expert witness on various matters related to his research. He came to the University of Toronto as Chair of the Department of Psychology. During his time here he has served as director of graduate studies in the Psychology Department for many years and was also interim chair of the department for one year. In the past two years he was the Acting Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate, of the Faculty of Arts and Science and then the Acting Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Professor Freedman was recently appointed Provostial Advisor on Tri-Campus Matters, effective July 1, 2006 - with responsibility for issues regarding tri-campus matters and was to facilitate discussions regarding the administrative aspects of the ongoing development of our tri-campus structure. Professor Freedman will resume this role once the appointment as Interim Vice-President and Principal is completed. We expect to maintain some momentum on this file during the coming year with Professor Freedman in this alternate role as Vice-President and Principal.

Professor Freedman's wealth of administrative experience, in particular his experience as Acting Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Research in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and his recent experience as Acting Vice-Principal (Academic) & Dean at UTSC, gives him the appropriate background to provide leadership to UTSC during the next academic year.

Professor Freedman will work with the outstanding leadership team in place at UTSC, and with colleagues throughout the campus to continue to advance UTSC and its academic plans during the coming year. We thank Professor Freedman for his willingness to step forward for this important task.