Reappointment of Professor Paul Perron as Principal of University College

PDAD&C #31, 2003-04


TO:       Faculty, Staff and Students of University College
            Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs

FROM:   Professor Vivek Goel
           Interim Vice-President and Provost

DATE:   25 February 2004

RE:       Re-appointment of Professor Paul Perron as Principal of University College


I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor Paul Perron as Principal of University College for a further one year, beginning July 1, 2004 until June 30, 2005.

Throughout his term as Principal, Professor Perron has maintained an active and successful research program, publishing widely in the interdisciplinary field of semiotics.  His most recent single-authored publication is Narratology and Text:  Subjectivity and Identity in New France and Quebecois Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2003).  In recognition of his research, he was recently promoted from Chevalier to Officier dans l’ordre des palmes academiques, by President Jacques Chirac for services rendered to French culture and education.  In recent years, he has served on the selection committees of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and is currently serving for the second time on the selection committee of the Killam Foundation.  In 2002, Professor Perron organized the annual Congress of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada which brought 90 learned associations and 8,000 attendees over 8 days to the University of Toronto.  He is the academic representative of the University of Toronto to the Council of Ontario Universities. 

Under his leadership, the College has flourished.  As Principal, Professor Perron has worked effectively to promote and strengthen the College’s teaching programs and student services.  Through a vigorous and sustained development campaign led by Professor Perron, the College has significantly increased its endowment and has raised over $10 million for a new 280 room residence. 

Professor Perron is a distinguished colleague who has served the College and the University with distinction and dedication.  I am confident that he will continue to demonstrate his commitment to academic and administrative excellence as Principal of University College.