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UOIT: New Leader an "ideal fit"

Dr. Tim McTiernan will soons erve as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) third president and vice-chancellor. He will officially take on the role July 1, 2011.


As Dr. Ron Bordessa’s journey with the university comes to an end, the seat of the president will be filled with another man who is an “ideal fit.”

Dr. Tim McTiernan will soon serve as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) third president and vice-chancellor, the university says in a release.

“We were very impressed by the calibre of nominations resulting from a comprehensive search and have found a highly respected candidate with outstanding leadership qualities and a compelling vision to lead Canada’s fastest growing new university,” says Peter Williams, board chair of UOIT. “Our new president brings extensive experience having worked in both academic and government organizations with a focus on research, innovation, economic development and commercialization. Dr. McTiernan is an ideal fit for UOIT because he deeply understands the tremendous opportunities of our students, staff and faculty and is strongly committed to our unique academic mandate and research excellence.”

Dr. McTiernan, who currently works as a senior administrator at the University of Toronto, will take on his new role on July 1, 2011.

The Committee to Recommend a President, including representatives from faculty, students, staff and board, began the search for a new president early last fall when current president Dr. Bordessa announced he was retiring.

“UOIT has grown out of a bold and ambitious vision and has a dynamic future ahead,” says Dr. McTiernan. “I am excited to join UOIT and to work closely with faculty, staff and students as well as our academic, industry and community partners. The strong start and excellent reputation for which UOIT is already widely recognized puts the institution in a tremendous position to build on its academic, student support, and research and development partnership achievements.”

UOIT’s incoming president has more than 25 years of senior-level leadership and administrative experience spanning the areas of innovation, research administration and commercialization, social and economic development and post-secondary education, UOIT says.

He has held various titles over the years. He has served as assistant vice-president of government, institutional and community relations; interim vice-president of research; assistant vice-president of research and executive director of The Innovations Group for the University of Toronto.

In addition he has held the title of acting deputy minister, assistant deputy minister and chief operating officer of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation; president of Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology in North Bay; and deputy minister, cabinet secretary and chief negotiator for Land Claims, Self-Government and Devolution, Yukon government.

From Kilkenny, Ireland, Dr. McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy in 1973 from Trinity College in Dublin, and his Master of Arts degree in 1977 and PhD in Psychology in 1982 from the University of British Columbia.

 “I would like to commend the Committee to Recommend a President and the Board of Governors for finding a candidate that combines a stellar leadership record and strong experience in community and government partnerships, academic planning, fiscal management, innovation and research,” says current UOIT president Dr. Bordessa.

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