Vice-President and Principal

Toronto (CA)
18 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Vice-President and Principal
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Located in Canada’s largest city, within one of the world’s most culturally diverse communities, UTSC is a vibrant urban campus, one of three major campuses of the University of Toronto. Situated along the spectacular Highland Creek Valley, UTSC combines the intimacy of a close-knit campus, the breadth of the liberal arts, and the depth and rigour of a preeminent research university. The welcoming culture is deeply supportive of students and responsive to its community. Established in 1964, UTSC is a pioneer in experiential education, offering opportunities for co-ops, internships, community engagement, and hands-on research. 

UTSC seeks to build on its reputation as a world-leading centre of research and intellectual growth in the eastern Greater Toronto Area. It has a history of bringing its academic resources to bear on issues of public concern. UTSC exemplifies diversity of thought and perspective, with a global outlook that leverages the uniqueness of its local community. Over the past five years, the campus has grown in scale and complexity: a 20 per cent increase in enrolment, a 60 per cent increase in international undergraduate students, and a faculty community renewed through steady hiring. UTSC is on a positive trajectory, with greater opportunities still on the horizon.

As chief executive officer, the Vice-President and Principal leads the UTSC community in providing an excellent educational experience for students and premier research opportunities for faculty. The responsibilities of the role include: attracting faculty, students, researchers, and funding; overseeing and helping develop new undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs; and initiating partnerships with industry and other public and not-for-profit stakeholders to develop new clusters of expertise in the region. The Vice-President and Principal serves the campus and the Eastern Greater Toronto Area and, in accordance with the tri-campus structure, serves the University of Toronto as a member of its executive team. The role reports to the University President on administration and management and to the Vice-President and Provost on academic matters. 

Visionary, strategist, community builder, and campus ambassador, the next Vice-President and Principal will be a respected, student-centred academic leader who is committed to access, equity, and diversity, and to advancing Indigeneity in recruitment, academic programs, and campus spaces. The Vice-President and Principal will bring strength in strategic planning and execution, recognizing and realizing opportunities to position UTSC for local and global impact.

Fully committed to teaching and research as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, U of T is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for research, teaching, and inno-vation. In 2017, U of T was ranked 13th in the world for the employability of its graduates. Alumni include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, decision-makers, and persons of influence, including prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. The University is linked to the acclaimed clinical and research centres of its nine fully affiliated hospitals, and supports a vigorous program of comercialization through University of Toronto Entrepreneurship and its nine incubators and accelerators. President Meric Gertler has identified enhancing undergraduate education, deepening international collaboration, and leveraging the University’s position in the Greater Toronto Area – one of the world’s most diverse urban regions – as the University’s top three strategic priorities.

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

The Vice-President and Principal takes office in July 2018, or as mutually agreed; consideration of candidates begins in December 2017. Please direct confidential inquiries and/or applications to Project 171036 at or via email to