By Ramisha Farooq
Spring 2015 will mark the end of president Sheldon Levy’s term at Ryerson University, the Board of Governors announced on Dec. 3.
The release stated that Levy will not be seeking a third term despite by-law changes made last year by the Board of Governors allowing future presidents to serve additional terms at a maximum of five years each, instead of the traditional cap of two five-year periods.
“I felt like it was really the right time. It was nice of them but, I never asked them to change [the by-law],” said Levy.
“This is the best job I have ever had, for as many reasons as there are Ryersonians,” said Levy. “The beauty of every university is that you are putting things in place for the long term, with the academic cycle squarely focused on student success.”
The presidential search process will involve input from alumni, faculty, staff, partners, the general public, other stakeholders and most importantly, students.
“One hundred per cent students will have a say in this. They need a student voice,” said Levy.
A search committee will be formed by the end of January at which point a consultant will be hired and the position will be advertised widely.
More information about the process will be available through a webpage dedicated to the presidential search.
“There is still a lot to do in my term as president. We will be keeping up the pace advancing the initiatives we have on the go, and responding to opportunities as they arise,” said Levy, while also squashing all rumours of a possible run at the mayor’s seat.
“Not a chance.”