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Professor Franco Vaccarino installed as Principal of U of T Scarborough

Professor Franco Vaccarino has officially been sworn in as Principal of U of T Scarborough. (Photo by Ken Jones.)

The University of Toronto Scarborough today installed Professor Franco Vaccarino, a distinguished scholar and administrator, as its ninth Principal.

Officials from government, the community and the University of Toronto attended the installation, which was held in the Academic Resource Centre lecture hall. The ceremony featured the swearing of the oath of office, robing and several musical performances.

Speakers were: The Honorable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and an alumnus of the campus; Mary Anne Chambers, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services and an alumna of the campus; University of Toronto President David Naylor; Vice-President and Provost Vivek Goel; Chancellor David Peterson; Prof. Brian Corman, Vice-Chair, Academic Board of the Governing Council; Prof. Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, Vice-Principal and Dean, U of T Scarborough; Prof. Alison Fleming, Chair of Psychology, U of T Mississauga; Kim Richard, Director of Human Resources; and Student Rob Wulkan, President of the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union.

“Professor Vaccarino truly embodies the values of the University of Toronto,” said President Naylor. “He is an excellent researcher and a talented teacher and mentor. With his outstanding leadership skills, I am confident that he will foster positive development at U of T Scarborough in each of these areas.”

Vaccarino previously served as Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto and as Graduate Chair of the tri-campus Graduate Department of Psychology. He is past Head of the Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T, and past Executive Vice-President, Programs, and Vice-President, Research, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The extensively-published researcher has expertise spanning psychology, pharmacology and neuroscience.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from U of T and his Masters and PhD in psychology from McGill University. Vaccarino began his career at the University of Toronto in 1984 as an Assistant Professor at the Scarborough campus. He has received major awards from leading Canadian research and scientific organizations.

“I am excited and energized by the great potential here at U of T Scarborough,” Vaccarino told the audience at the installation. “As we move ahead, I look forward to working with many of you to chart a bold new course for this great institution’s future.”

Founded in 1964, the University of Toronto Scarborough is situated on the picturesque Highland Creek Valley. One of three campuses of the University of Toronto, it is a dynamic community of more than 10,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. Focused on leading research, outstanding faculty and vibrant student life, U of T Scarborough offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary and co-op learning opportunities, the University’s only bachelor of business administration degree, joint programs with Centennial College, and a strong research enterprise, which includes a new science building set to open in 2008.



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