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About the interim provost

Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Saeed Zolfaghari
About Saeed Zolfaghari

Saeed Zolfaghari is interim provost and vice-president, academic at Ryerson University.

Saeed joined Ryerson in 1999 as a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He is a recognized expert in his research field of operations management, simulation modelling and analysis, and loyalty reward programs, and has more than 145 publications to his credit.

Most recently, Saeed served as vice-provost, faculty affairs at Ryerson for six years where he became known for his strategic vision, his compassionate leadership and his commitment to faculty development.  

During his time as vice-provost, Saeed oversaw the hiring of nearly 300 tenure-stream faculty. Over the last two academic years, fifteen new Indigenous faculty were hired under his leadership as part of the university’s ongoing commitment to advancing Indigenous initiatives. A driver of equity, diversity and inclusion, Saeed approached his responsibilities as vice-provost, faculty affairs with great integrity.

Saeed holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Ottawa where he was an adjunct professor from 2000 to 2012. He received his MSc from Iran University of Science and Technology and his BSc from Isfahan University of Technology.

In his current interim role as provost – Ryerson’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer – Saeed provides leadership in academic policy and programming, strategic planning, and the university budget.

"Ryerson is rooted in innovation. It can be seen in the ways we support students, in our approaches to learning and teaching, and in how our faculty and staff approach their work."