Professor David Farrar Appointed Vice President Academic and Provost at University of British Columbia


From:  Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: May 22, 2007
Re: Professor David Farrar Appointed Vice-President Academic and Provost at University of British Columbia

I am pleased to announce that Professor David Farrar has accepted the position of Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of British Columbia.  This represents a wonderful opportunity for Professor Farrar.  I am sure that UBC will benefit greatly from his experience and wisdom.

I do regret that we will lose Professor Farrar from the University of Toronto and in particular from this office.
He has been an outstanding University citizen for over 25 years and has contributed in immense ways to teaching, scholarship and student experience at this institution.

Professor David Farrar has been serving as Vice-Provost, Students, since January 1, 2003 and concurrently as Deputy-Provost since July 1, 2004.  In his capacity as Vice-Provost, Students, Professor Farrar has exhibited a broad-based university perspective in his approach to issues facing his portfolio.  Before joining the Vice-President and Provost's Office, Professor Farrar was Chair of the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Science, a position which he held since 1999. Professor Farrar received his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and his PhD from the University of Western Ontario.  He has been a member of the University of Toronto professoriate since 1981.

Professor Farrar's appointment as Vice-President Academic and Provost at UBC is effective September 1, 2007.  He will step down from his responsibilities as Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Students effective June 30, 2007.  On behalf of all his colleagues at the University of Toronto, I would like to wish him all the best as he takes on this exciting new challenge in his academic career.