Search starts up for new vice provost

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By Theresa Do

Ryerson is hunting for a new vice provost faculty affairs to grace the upper levels of Jorgenson Hall.

Michael Dewson, who was appointed to the role five years ago, will be taking a one-year sabbatical — the first in his 16 years at the university.

“I’m all termed out,” said Dewson adding that he plans to use his time off to pursue personal interests.

The vice provost faculty affairs is Ryerson’s administrative representative for faculty members.

President Sheldon Levy said Dewson has done a fantastic job filling the role.

Alan Shepard, provost and vice-president academic, is leading the search to replace Dewson.

“His term is coming to its conclusion next June,” said Shepard, who needs to fill the position by July 1, 2010.

Along with the new faculty affairs hire, another vice provost will be joining the office by this date.

The vice provost academic, a position created this summer, would be responsible for the assignment of academic space — for student clubs, department needs or offices, according to Shepard.

Mehmet Zeytinoglu, vice-chair of the Senate’s Academic Standings Committee, is the interim vice provost academic until Ryerson finds someone to formally take on that position.

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