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Getting to know Bruce Kidd

Professor Bruce Kidd, Interim Vice-President of U of T and Principal of UTSC, is excited about the growth taking place on campus.

On March 1, Professor Bruce Kidd began his appointment as Interim Vice-President, University of Toronto and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough.  His arrival has been enthusiastically welcomed by the UTSC community.  

Many know Prof. Kidd as a seasoned, respected academic administrator and renowned scholar, and for his leadership experience and dedication to co-curricular programming and student engagement.  His life-long involvement in the Olympic Movement has been well-documented—participating in the Games as an athlete and later as a journalist, contributor to arts and culture programs, and as an accredited social scientist.  Prof. Kidd was founding chair of the Olympic Academy of Canada, lectures at the International Olympic Academy, and is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. 

While he is quickly becoming familiar after just two months on campus, Inside UTSC posed three questions to offer a little more insight into Prof. Kidd's personal perspective on life at U of T.

How can UTSC strengthen its contribution to advancing the University of Toronto locally, nationally and internationally?

The UTSC proposed Strategic Plan, which goes to Campus Council for approval on April 24, focuses on strengthening capacity in new and emerging areas of scholarship, conducting innovative research, positioning this campus in both local (east Toronto/eastern GTA) and global contexts, and strengthening leadership in experiential education, such as Co-op programs. Now 50 years old, UTSC has become a mature, accomplished institution, with distinct, ‘destination’ research and teaching programs and a ‘can do’ culture all its own.

With the expansion onto the north zone of the campus, including the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building currently under construction and the soon-to-open Toronto Pan American Sport Centre, which will attract participants from all across the GTA and visitors from all across North America, UTSC will become an engine of economic growth and stimulus for the entire region. At the same time, we enjoy vibrant links with and contribute significantly to the other campuses of the three-campus University of Toronto. The totality is one of the very best universities in the entire world.

What do you love about university life? 

Always being surrounded by bright, energetic people, with a curiosity about the world and an appetite for engagement/intervention. U of T has always given me variety, too.  I’ve had several distinct careers within the same institution. When I began teaching at the University of Toronto in 1970, I thought I would do it for a few years at the most then move on to other things. I’m still here and I still love coming to work every day.

You keep a demanding schedule.  How do you find work/life balance? 

Well, I’ve been lucky to have work that stems from my passions and that for the most part, I enjoy. So that reduces the need to get away from work to achieve mental health and well-being. At the same time, I try to protect some time every weekday to be physically active, get outside (no matter what the weather) and enjoy the companionship of my wife Phyllis.  And I try to find at least one day on the weekend when I don’t have to think about my work life at all.


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