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Jonathan Freedman named vice-provost (student life)

Appointees will serve one-year terms

The executive committee of Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Emeritus Jonathan Freedman as vice-provost (student life) and Professor Cheryl Misak as deputy provost, effective July 1.

They will help to fill roles being vacated Professor David Farrar, deputy provost and vice-provost (students), who is leaving the university to become provost of the University of British Columbia.

Freedman assumes the role of vice-provost (student life) for a year, or until an assistant vice-president (student life) is appointed; he will add this new role to his work as provostial adviser on tri-campus matters, a position that also begins July 1. He will assume responsibility for some of the areas within the current vice-provost (students) portfolio in addition to other responsibilities.

“The student portfolio is enormously important,” Freedman said. “The educational and academic portion of what students get is just part of their experience here. The other portion is equally valuable and informs their academic experience. It’s certainly a challenging job, one that Dave has done very well.”

Freedman has extensive experience in academic administrative roles at the University of Toronto. In the past three years he has served as acting vice-dean (research and graduate) for the Faculty of Arts and Science (2004-05); acting vice-principal (academic) and dean at University of Toronto Scarborough (2005-06); and acting vice-president and principal at University of Toronto Scarborough (2006-07).

Freedman came to the university as chair of the Department of Psychology. He has also served as director of graduate studies and was interim chair of the Department of Psychology. A social psychologist, he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his PhD from Yale University. He was an assistant and associate professor at Stanford University and a full Professor at Columbia University prior to coming to the University of Toronto.

Misak will serve a one-year term as deputy provost. She has spent the past year as the acting vice-president and principal at the University of Toronto Mississauga and prior to that, she spent three years as the vice-principal (academic) and dean. In these roles Misak demonstrated outstanding leadership and a significant capacity to successfully manage complex and sensitive administrative matters.

Prior to her academic administrative roles at UTM, she served as chair of the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Science from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2003 and as graduate co-ordinator and associate chair from 1998 to 2000.

Misak received her BA from the University of Lethbridge, her MA from Columbia University and her DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has been a member of the University of Toronto professoriate since 1990.

“I am extremely pleased that Professors Misak and Freedman have agreed to serve in these important roles," said Professor Vivek Goel, vice-president and provost. "They have demonstrated exceptional leadership and resourcefulness in their respective positions at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.”

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