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Interim Vice-Provost Students

John Austin, Interim Vice-Provost, Students
John Austin, Interim Vice-Provost, Students

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students (OVPS) actively supports Ryerson’s academic plan, Our Time to Lead, and its strategic priority of enabling greater student engagement and success through exceptional experiences.

With a focus on responsiveness and empathy, the vice-provost, students oversees a portfolio of 300 employees who work across three core areas: The Office of the Registrar, and Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment; Athletics and Recreation; and Student Affairs which includes health and wellness, student learning support, career services, housing, and student life. The OVPS also has responsibility for student conduct and dispute resolution, and sexual violence support and education.

John Austin holds an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University in New York City.  His 24-year career in Student Affairs has been at a mix of specialized performing arts schools such as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Canada’s National Ballet School and large traditional post-secondary institutions such as the University of North Carolina and New York University. John currently serves as the Interim Vice Provost, Students at Ryerson University where he has responsibility across the areas of Student Affairs (Student Housing, Career Centre, Student Life, Student Learning Support, and Student Health & Wellness), the University Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment, Athletics & Recreation, Student Conduct & Case Management, and the Office of Sexual Violence, Support & Education. He has great interests in social justice, change management, fundraising, and Student Affairs innovations.  The focus of his doctoral research resulted in the dissertation topic, “Leading Learning in the Arts:  Skills and Competencies of Performing Arts School Leaders”.


Team structure: PDF fileView OVPS organization chart (PDF)

Ryerson Services for Students: PDF fileView OVPS student services brochure (PDF)


Interim Vice-Provost, Students
John Austin
416-979-5000 ext. 2736

Administrative Assistant
Celia Chu
416-979-5000 ext. 2736

Areas of Responsibility

  • Student Affairs 
    This support network helps students make a successful transition to university, develop career-related skills, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Registrar's Office
    The Office of the Registrar provides a broad range of academic support services concerning student recruitment, admissions, enrolment, grading, promotion and graduation assessment. This office also develops course and exam schedules.

  • Athletics and Recreation
    This unit is responsible for varsity and intramural sports programs, and for Ryerson’s Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) and Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC).

  • Sexual Violence Support and Education
    This office leads the university-wide response to supporting survivors of sexual violence and fostering a consent comes first culture through education campaigns.

  • Student Conduct Office
    This office administers the student code of non-academic conduct, and provides leadership to faculty, staff and students concerned about student behaviour and disruptive conduct.