Appointment of Vice-President, University Operations
|| David Naylor, President
|| December 15, 2011
|| Appointment of Vice-President, University Operations
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Scott Mabury as Vice-President, University Operations, for a five-year term effective January 1, 2012. Professor Mabury is currently Vice-Provost, Academic Operations and his new appointment was approved at today's meeting of the Governing Council.
As Vice-Provost, Academic Operations, Professor Mabury has had university wide oversight of the Office of Planning and Budget, and space and information technology matters. Under his strong leadership the university rolled-out UTmail+, the new email service for students with greatly enhanced performance and functionality; re-built the University Data Centre which addresses infrastructure risk and security while providing the capacity for server virtualization; and planned for the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport capital project which breaks ground in January 2012. He and his team have worked closely with academic divisions on both high level budget strategy and on detailed enrolment planning in support their academic missions.
Professor Mabury is known for his enormous energy, creativity, and demonstrated effectiveness in building relationships with all university stakeholders. He worked with UTSU to plan for the utilization of 230 College as the new Student Commons, and with the colleagues across the University on the creation of two new funds: The "Major Research Projects Management" fund to encourage faculty competitiveness for tri-council grants; and the "Undergraduate Course Development Fund" to encourage interdivisional teaching. Professor Mabury was also instrumental in repopulating Best and Banting for entrepreneurial activities around faculty and student start-up companies.
Portfolios reporting to Professor Mabury will now include Information Technology Services, Campus and Facilities Planning, Office of Space Management, Real Estate Operations, Facilities and Services, Ancillary Services, and the Office of Planning and Budget. Professor Mabury will continue to work with the Provost with respect to planning and budget matters; academic budget authority will of course remain with the Provost. One advantage of this new structure is the closer alignment of the academic mission with a range of vital University operations. The Financial Services Group under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer will report directly to the President.
Professor Mabury holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He first joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member in 1995 and became Director of the Analytical Laboratory for Environmental Science Research and Teaching in 1997. Professor Mabury served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2003 until he was appointed to the position of Vice-Provost, Academic Operations on July 1, 2009.
Professor Mabury was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada earlier this year, and his current research interests are in the areas of environmental photochemistry, fluorochemicals and atmospheric particles. He has written extensively on the environmental fate, disposition and persistence of agrochemicals, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He has published over 130 scientific papers in refereed journals and has presented his research at conferences, workshops and seminars all over the world.
I hope you will join me in congratulating Professor Scott Mabury as he undertakes this new role.
Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Search Advisory Committee for their thoughtful advice and guidance throughout the search process.