Professor Ira Jacobs Appointed Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health

PDAD&C #54, 2009-10


TO: Faculty, Staff and Students, Faculty of Physical Education and Health
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:       Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: January 6, 2010
RE: Professor Ira Jacobs Appointed Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Ira Jacobs as Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health for a five year term, effective July 1, 2010.

Professor Jacobs received his doctorate in 1981 from the Department of Clinical Physiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where he specialized in skeletal muscle metabolism. For the next 25 years he carried out extensive exercise physiology research and was appointed to roles with increasing leadership responsibilities at the Canadian federal government's human performance laboratory operated by the Department of National Defense, where he eventually became Chief Scientist.

In 2007 he was appointed to his current position as Full Professor and Chair of York University's School of Kinesiology & Health Science. The School is the largest kinesiology program in North America, offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs to about 3000 students annually. He has published over 200 scientific articles, reports and book chapters on matters such as performance enhancement through pharmacological and nutritional manipulation of metabolism, the physiological responses to physical exertion in environmental extremes, and energy metabolism. He is a past President of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the current President of the Canadian Council of University Physical Education & Kinesiology Administrators, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Jacobs to the University.