Victoria University, in the University of Toronto, is conducting an extensive
search for a president and vice-chancellor, to take office July 2022, and
invites expressions of interest, applications, and nominations. This is an
exciting opportunity to lead a unique Canadian university that champions
broad-based, inclusive education driven by curiosity and conscience, and
welcomes people from all walks of life into a community of learning.
Founded by Methodists in 1836, Victoria University has earned a
distinguished reputation for excellence and creativity, while providing
an inclusive and collegial environment within the heart of Canada’s top
research university. Victoria University has approximately 3,700 students,
93 faculty, 73 Fellows, and 300 staff. The University is comprised of
Victoria College, an undergraduate arts and science college of the
University of Toronto, and Emmanuel College, a graduate theological
college associated with the United Church of Canada. In the last two
decades, Victoria University has developed a suite of signature programs
which foster high-impact student engagement at both of its colleges.
Its more than 45,000 alumni include some of Canada’s most recognized
theologians, innovators, writers, artists, scientists, educators, and political
leaders. The campus combines a mix of historical and modern buildings,
and is located steps from the array of cultural, entertainment, and sports
attractions available in diverse and vibrant Toronto. For further information
about Victoria University and its two colleges, please visit the website at
The President and Vice-Chancellor is the senior executive officer of Victoria
University and is responsible for its academic and administrative operation,
reporting to the University’s governing body, the Board of Regents.
The President provides inspirational, strategic, academic, and financial
leadership, and works co-operatively within Victoria University and with the
University of Toronto to strengthen and expand its programs and activities
in ways that exemplify its role as a leading university in Canada. The
President will represent Victoria University with the external community
to advance its mission and vision, increase its resources and well being,
and to raise its profile locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.
The President and Vice-Chancellor will be a visionary and strategic leader
with a superior professional and academic profile, including a significant
record of scholarship, a demonstrated commitment to students,
outstanding interpersonal skills, and the executive leadership ability
to guide the affairs of Victoria University. Candidates will have a collegial
working style, experience or interest in fundraising, and the ability
to further the interests of both of Victoria’s colleges within the wider
University of Toronto community, and nationally and internationally. The
University of Toronto has one of the world’s most diverse student bodies
and the President must appreciate, nurture, and promote equity, diversity,
and inclusion as significant values of Victoria University.
Victoria University is committed to equity in access to employment and
a diverse and inclusive workplace. The University encourages applications
from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people,
persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ persons, and others who may
contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
The search committee will begin considering potential candidates
immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled.
Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae,
and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without
consent of the candidate) and be forwarded in confidence to:
Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.