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Michael Benarroch named president and vice-chancellor of University of Manitoba

Ryerson’s provost and vice-president, academic, takes on new role starting July 2020
Category:From the President
November 20, 2019
Michael Benarroch

Michael Benarroch joined Ryerson as provost and vice-president, academic in 2017. Photo credit: Alia Youssef.

Today, the University of Manitoba named Michael Benarroch their president and vice-chancellor effective July 1, 2020.

Michael joined Ryerson as provost and vice-president, academic, in July 2017. In his time as provost, he initiated a new academic plan, due to be completed in January 2020, which will increase the link between the university’s strategies and budget planning.

He also led the renewal of the leadership team for the academy under the new AAA policy, hiring the dean of the Faculty of Science, dean of The Chang School of Continuing Education, dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, the vice-provost students, and the vice-provost, academic. He undertook a rigorous faculty renewal initiative resulting in over 100 faculty hires, including direct support for nine Indigenous hires.

Michael established the Centre of Excellence for Learning and Teaching and a framework for e-learning and blended learning. He appointed the inaugural assistant vice-president for Zone Learning and Strategic Initiatives to better integrate zone learning into the classroom. He also co-chaired Ryerson’s Truth and Reconciliation Strategic Working Group, and was instrumental in securing a law school for Ryerson. Throughout these projects, he demonstrated his commitment to community engagement and consultation, having directly engaged with over 1,000 community members as part of the academic planning process alone.

“I was drawn to Ryerson by the strengths of our student body, outstanding faculty, wonderful staff and inclusive culture – it truly is an inspiring institution,” said Michael Benarroch. “While we accomplished a great deal of important and meaningful work during my short time here, it would not have been possible without being surrounded and supported by a strong team of vice-provosts, deans, and executive colleagues.”

Michael will remain as provost until May, 2020. The search for the next provost and vice-president, academic will begin immediately. I will keep the community informed as these processes move forward.

On behalf of the entire Ryerson University community, I want to congratulate Michael on this great opportunity and to thank him for his important and lasting contributions to Ryerson.

Mohamed Lachemi
President and Vice-Chancellor

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