Advisory Committee on the Appointment of an Assistant Vice President Student Life

PDAD&C #45, 2006-07



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From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: March 1, 2007
Re: Advisory Committee on the Appointment of an Assistant Vice-President, Student Life
CC: The Bulletin


At the February 1 meeting of the Governing Council, a new assistant vice-presidential position was approved within the Vice-President and Provost portfolio: Assistant Vice-President, Student Life.

Enhancing the student experience has emerged as our University’s top priority.  The position of Assistant Vice-President, Student Life gives additional prominence to leadership in student services for the St. George Campus.  Its creation flows from a fundamental restructuring of the student affairs and student services portfolios. That restructuring is designed to bring U of T into alignment with peer institutions that have effectively addressed student service needs.  The new organizational structure reflects advice received after a strategic review of these portfolios by Keeling & Associates a reputable firm of external consultants that has worked with a wide variety of our American and Canadian peer institutions. Information regarding this process can be found at .

The principal objectives of the restructured and renewed Student Life portfolio are to maintain and enhance our core services to students and to foster student learning.  An integral component of the plan is a reorganization of the portfolio, including the creation of an Assistant Vice-President, Student Life position and the subsequent establishment of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students.  The new AVP, Student Life will function as the senior student affairs officer on the St. George campus and will report directly to the Vice-Provost, Students.  Reporting to this new position will be the leaders of the program and service clusters.  This restructuring will help to address tri-campus issues as previously many of the offices had both university-wide policy responsibility and St. George campus operational responsibility.  The AVP, Student Life will have operational responsibility for student services on the St. George campus for approximately 50,000 students, while the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students will have University-wide policy, assessment and crisis management responsibilities.  Given the scope and scale of responsibilities, we have determined, in consultation with Human Resources, that an AVP rank is appropriate for this position.  The AVP will work closely with the equivalent officers at UTM and UTSC to coordinate the delivery of services. 

As the creation of this new position is part of a reorganization of the Vice-Provostial portfolio funding for the position will be from the existing budget for the portfolio.  This proposal represents a part of our continuing efforts to professionalize the senior administration in the Vice-President and Provost’s Office to provide a balance between senior academic officers and senior administrative officers in leadership roles. 

Advisory Committee

We are pleased to announce that the following members of the University community have agreed to serve as members of the advisory committee on the position of Assistant Vice-President, Student Life:

  • David Farrar, Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Students  (Co-chair)
  • Angela Hildyard, Vice-President Human Resources and Equity (Co-chair)
  • Gage Averill, Dean, Faculty of Music
  • Tony Chambers, Associate Vice-Provost, Students
  • Paul Gooch, President, Victoria University.
  • Bruce Kidd, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health
  • Matto Mildenberger, Undergraduate Student
  • Ian Orchard, Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto at Mississauga
  • Janet Paterson, Principal, Innis College
  • Cheryl Shook, Registrar, Woodsworth College
  • Mahadeo Sukhai, Graduate Student
  • Karel Swift, University Registrar

Following a request for proposals, we have engaged the firm of Provence Consulting to assist in our recruitment efforts. The Committee welcomes comments and nominations from interested persons.  These should be sent to the attention of Libby Dybikowski at (604) 913-7768 or