Appointment of Professor Cheryl Misak as Interim Provost

 

MEMORANDUM


To:

Members of the Governing Council
Members of the Academic Board
Members of the Business Board
Members of the University Affairs Board
Members of the College of Electors
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
Professionals, Managers, and Confidential Staff
President of UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, UTSU, and SCSU

From:

Professor David Naylor, President          

Date:

March 4, 2008

Re:       

Appointment of Professor Cheryl Misak as Interim Provost



I am pleased to announce that the Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Cheryl Misak as Interim Vice-President and Provost, effective July 1, 2008 and continuing until June 30, 2009, or until such time as a Vice-President and Provost is appointed and takes office.

Professor Cheryl Misak has been serving as Deputy Provost since July 1, 2007. In this time she has demonstrated a commanding grasp of the requirements of the position and has made a significant contribution to the portfolio. Her background also gives her a deep understanding of tri-campus issues and adds disciplinary breadth to Simcoe Hall.

Prior to joining the Office of the Vice-President and Provost, Professor Misak was Acting Vice-President and Principal at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and before that was serving as the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean since July 1, 2003. In these roles, Professor Misak has demonstrated outstanding leadership and a significant capacity to successfully manage complex and sensitive administrative matters.

Previous to her academic administrative roles at UTM, Professor Misak was Chair of the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Science from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2003, and Graduate Coordinator and Associate Chair, Department of Philosophy from 1998 – 2000. Again, her administrative work was highly regarded.

Professor Misak received her BA from the University of Lethbridge, MA from Columbia University, and her D.Phil from the University of Oxford.
She has been a member of the University of Toronto professoriate since 1990. A distinguished scholar, Professor Misak was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 and notwithstanding her varied administrative commitments, remains highly productive as a working philosopher.

Cheryl Misak is an outstanding university citizen. Clear thinking, direct, and principled, she brings to the role of Interim Provost a set of sterling academic credentials and an abiding commitment to excellence and academic freedom.