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Gough elected UTSC Campus Council Chair

Effective July 1, 2013, a UTM Campus Council and a UTSC Campus Council will replace the existing UTM (Erindale) College Council and the UTSC Faculty Council. The new Campus Councils were established by and will report to U of T’s Governing Council, and are comparable to its Boards.  On behalf of Governing Council, the Campus Councils will exercise governance oversight of campus-specific matters.

Professor William Gough will serve as inaugural chair of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Council, and Celina Caesar-Chavannes will serve as vice-chair, effective July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Gough, vice-dean graduate education and program development, is a climatologist in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences.  He brings a wealth of administrative and governance experience as UTSC Campus Council’s chair. Since joining the faculty, Gough has served on a number of committees and held several administrative roles including Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Geography and most recently vice-dean. His leadership extends to university governance, having served as Chair of UTSC Council from 2002 to 2006, as a Faculty Governor on U of T Governing Council since 2006 and as a member of the 2030 Task Force on Governance, which recommended changes to allow for more autonomous decision-making at UTSC and at UTM.

Gough says he’s developed an appreciation for governance and for the challenges facing UTSC.  “We are a campus, and we have concerns that go beyond the academic nature of our operation,” he notes. “The development of our site is important. We need the infrastructure that will best serve our students, faculty and staff.”

Caesar-Chavannes ‘98 serves as a U of T alumni governor and was formerly on the university’s Research Ethics Board. After starting her career at the Rotman Research Institute, she founded ReSolve Research Solutions, Inc., a research consulting organization that works with researchers to manage clinical studies according to accepted guidelines.

Caesar-Chavannes lectures widely on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research. She has been recognized with numerous honours, including the Toronto Board of Trade Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and the Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur in 2007.

She describes her own U of T story a “tale of two realities,” noting that her first experiences at the university were marked by uncertainty and academic disappointment resulting in “a six-year sojourn to complete a three year degree.” Caesar-Chavannes was able to find her place and her voice when she returned to U of T as a research student on 2000. 

Returning again in 2011, as an alumni member of the Governing Council and now as vice-chair of UTSC Council and supporter of UTSC’s Imani Mentorship Program, Caesar-Chavannes is committed to mentoring students and young professionals.

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