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Professor Vaccarino Reappointed as Principal

Professor Franco J. Vaccarino has begun a new term as UTSC Principal after presiding over five years of tremendous growth.

This past summer, Professor Franco J. Vaccarino was appointed to a second five-year term as principal of UTSC and vice-president of the University of Toronto. The new term, which began on July 1, 2012, expires on June 30, 2017.

During his first term, Vaccarino spearheaded a strategic planning process that will guide the next 25 years of growth at UTSC. He also oversaw significant physical expansion of the campus, including the 165,000-square-foot Instructional Centre and the 6,000-square-foot Science Research Building, as well as the construction soon to begin on the impressive new Aquatics Centre and Field House Complex, which will host the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
But new infrastructure is only part of the story.

“UTSC’s transformation is about much more than just bricks and mortar,” says Vaccarino. “It is about the students, educators and researchers who inhabit these buildings and bring them to life. Over the last five years, we have worked diligently to create dynamic academic programs that focus on new and emerging areas of scholarship.” An additional 85 faculty have been hired since Vaccarino took charge in 2007.

University of Toronto President David Naylor praises Vaccarino’s reappointment, noting that he is a passionate and tireless champion for UTSC.

“Since Professor Vaccarino took the reins at UTSC, the campus has grown in size and stature, developing centres of excellence that draw outstanding faculty and students to specialized areas of study,” says President Naylor. “I’m confident that under his leadership, UTSC will continue to excel and provide unparalleled academic and social opportunities for students.”

Prior to taking on the role of vice-president and principal, Vaccarino served as chair of the department of psychology and the faculty of arts & science, as well as graduate chair of the tri-campus graduate department of psychology. He was also executive vice-president of programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 2003 to 2005, and vice-president of research at CAMH from 1998 to 2003. He began his career at the University of Toronto in 1984 as an assistant professor at UTSC. Vaccarino holds a BSc from U of T and an MSc and PhD in psychology from McGill University.