By Sierra Bein
Ryerson’s Vice President of Administration and Finance, Julia Hanigsberg will be accepting a new position as president and CEO at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Hanigsberg has been a volunterer with the hospital for the past five years.
“As a parent I’ve been involved for a much longer period of time because my eldest daughter, who is 18 years old, has a developmental disability,” Hanigsberg said.
The offer was only made on Sept. 30, which was short notice for both Hanigsberg and the univeristy.
“I think they made a great appointment,” said Ryerson President, Sheldon Levy.
He described Julia’s leave as “a loss to the university.”
“That’s what happens to great people, there’s something for them in a variety of different roles, like this, but Julia’s exceptionally qualified for it,” he said.
Effective Dec. 1, Janice Winton will be taking over as interim vice president. Winton is currently Chief Financial Officer of the university and will maintain the position when she begins as interim vice president.
Hanigsberg said this experience is “incredibly bitter sweet.”
“I know I will be having to carry around Kleenex for the last few weeks I’m here,” Hanigsberg said.