McLean leaves legacy of growth
by Kurt Kleiner
In her 12 years as Chief Administrative Officer at UTSC, Kim McLean provided administrative leadership through the doubling of the student population, the construction of seven major buildings, and more recently the university’s expansion onto the North Campus and the inception of the new Aquatic Centre and Field House Complex, which is being constructed for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Now, McLean is moving on to become the first CAO of the Faculty of Arts & Science on the St. George campus.
"It's been terrific to be a part of something that’s changed so dramatically," McLean said.
UTSC principal Franco Vaccarino says McLean's time at UTSC was transformative for the university. "As a senior member of the Executive Group, Kim always provided thoughtful and sound financial and organizational advice. Under her leadership, Kim has built an exceptional team of professionals who we are fortunate to have overseeing the operational affairs of UTSC. Her contributions have played a key role in the exciting evolution of UTSC. While we are sad to see Kim leave UTSC, it is great to know that she is remaining in the U of T family."
McLean is a UTSC alum, having been a student in the cooperative program in administration, a precursor to today’s co-op management program. She received an MBA from the University of Toronto, where she later became director of budget analysis and management, before taking the CAO job here in 1999.
In her role as CAO, McLean was responsible for all finance and budget planning for the campus, capital projects, renovations and facilities management. She was also instrumental in the planning and construction of all infrastructure expansion since 2003, including the Academic Resource Centre, the Joan Foley Residence Hall, the Management Building, the Student Centre, the Arts and Administration Building, the Science Research Building and the Instructional Centre.
"I believe in change,” McLean says. “I really think that there were no options but to grow. It presented the opportunity for such a revitalization of the campus, and such increased visibility and opportunity, that it was really, to me, not a decision at all."
As for the future, McLean will be kept very busy downtown. But she is excited to keep an eye on what’s happening here at UTSC, a place she'll always feel deeply connected to.
"I think the campus is poised today for continued evolution and growth," she says. "There’s still plenty of untapped capacity and potential."Article categories:
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