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Presidential search process underway

Presidential search

The search for the next president is underway as Sheldon Levy has advised the university’s Board of Governors and Senate that he will not be seeking a third term.

The Board of Governors of Ryerson University today announced that it will be initiating a search for the university’s ninth President and Vice-Chancellor. President Sheldon Levy has advised Ryerson’s Board of Governors and Senate that he will not be seeking a third term.

“President Levy has worked with Ryerson students, faculty and staff to achieve many great things during his two terms as president,” said Phyllis Yaffe, chair of Ryerson’s Board of Governors. “This principle of collaboration, with students always at the centre, has propelled Ryerson’s development and established its reputation as one of the most innovative universities in Canada.”  

The mission of Ryerson University has always been to anticipate and respond to the emerging needs of society. Today, the university is known as Canada’s leader in the pace of university development, entrepreneurial zones, and dedicated city-building, attracting the highest ratio in Ontario of student applications to available spaces.

“This is the best job I have ever had, for as many reasons as there are Ryersonians,” said President Sheldon 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.”

“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. It is exhilarating to imagine Ryerson in the coming years, moving forward on a tremendous path of leadership and distinction.”

The presidential search process will involve input from a wide cross-section of stakeholders, including Ryerson students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners and the general public.  More information about the process will be available through a webpage dedicated to the presidential search at

“Ryerson is an inspiring environment where the entire community has contributed to the phenomenal progress of recent years,” added Yaffe. “It’s an environment that will attract outstanding candidates and the Board of Governors looks forward to finding another dynamic president who will continue the university’s incredible momentum.”

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