Re-appointment of Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini as Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

PDAD&C #65, 2014-15

To: Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni, University of Toronto Mississauga
Governing Council
Academic Board
Business Board
University Affairs Board
University of Toronto Mississauga Campus Council
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Council
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Professionals, Managers and Confidential Staff
President of UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, SCSU, UTMSU and UTSU (SAC)
From:      Professor Meric Gertler, President
Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date: February 26, 2015
Re: Re-appointment of Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini as Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

We are pleased to announce that the Governing Council has approved the re-appointment of Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini as Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) for a five-year term over five and a half years, effective July 1, 2015 and continuing to December 31, 2020.

Under Professor Saini’s leadership the University of Toronto Mississauga has continued to grow and evolve as an academic division and a campus within our tri-campus system.  Professor Saini has done an excellent job of building on and realizing the vision for the campus. 

Among the major advancements of the last four years are: a new academic plan; significant increases in undergraduate and graduate enrolment; growth in revenue; successes in fundraising and government support; establishment of new academic units (e.g. Mississauga Academic of Medicine, Centre for South Asian Civilizations, Institute for Management and Innovation, Professional Accounting Centre); academic initiatives (e.g. Master of Science in Sustainability Management, Interactive Digital Media with the iSchool, combined Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT) and Master of Information degree with the iSchool, Master of Management and Professional Accounting, a re-launching of the Forensic Sciences degree); increase in faculty complement; a number of major capital projects, (e.g. Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex; Instructional Centre; Academic Annex; Davis Building Office In-Fill; Deerfield Hall; Innovation Complex; Chemistry, Biology and Physics teaching laboratory renovations and upgrades); and numerous initiatives in the student life area (e.g., utmONE, genONE, rezone; Academic Culture and English Program (ACE@UTM); Early Alert Initiative).

Professor Saini has earned a reputation as a consultative leader with a deep and energetic passion for and devotion to UTM.  He has worked effectively to continue to build strong relationships within the UTM campus, the larger University, and in the City of Mississauga and its surrounding region.

We look forward to Professor Saini’s continued leadership of the University of Toronto Mississauga and to his ongoing contributions as a member of the vice-presidential team.