Dr Louise Cowin Appointed as Warden of Hart House

MEMORANDUM

TO:

Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs

FROM:

Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost

DATE:

May 29, 2007

RE:

Appointment of Dr. Louise Cowin as Warden of Hart House


I am pleased to announce that the University Affairs Board has approved the appointment of Dr. Louise Cowin as Warden of Hart House for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2012.

Dr. Cowin is currently the Director of Student Services and the School-University Partnerships Office at OISE/UT where her energies have been focused on enhancing supports for students, on diversifying co-curricular programming, improving students’ field placement experiences, and on numerous equity and diversity initiatives. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Educational and Sports Studies from the University of London, an M.Sc. in Physical Education from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from McGill University. She was a member of Great Britain’s National Swimming Team and competed in both the 1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games.

Dr. Cowin has an extensive background in teaching, leadership and administration in both university and residential camp settings.  In addition to her many years as Associate Director of a fine and performing arts camp, and as Director of a non-profit camp for children who have had open heart surgery or transplants, she has held tenure-stream positions at Queen’s University (outdoor and experiential education), and Dalhousie University (recreation and leisure studies). 

Dr. Cowin has been involved in various administrative activities at the University of Toronto. She currently serves on the U of T Restructuring and Strengthening Student Life Programmes and Services Committee – Health Working Group Cluster; U of T Concurrent Teacher Education Programme – Physical and Health Education Appointment Committee; and the U of T Council on Student Experience.

Dr. Cowin brings to the position of Warden of Hart House considerable experience and appreciation of the qualities that make Hart House unique. I am confident that you will share my enthusiasm for her appointment as Warden of Hart House.