Yolen Bollo-Kamara will serve a one-year term at the helm of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU). She will work with a team of appointed and elected students, a small elected executive, and a few permanent staff. The UTSU, which is the second-largest students’ union in Canada, funds the many services and opportunities it offers with fees collected from students. Some of the services it provides include health and dental services, as well as sales of TTC Metropasses and discounted entertainment tickets. The UTSU allocates a portion of its student fees to the funding of campus-wide clubs and initiatives. It also engages in post-secondary advocacy, lobbying the provincial government and the university administration on student issues such as tuition fees and student debt. The events of last year’s Student Societies Summit, along with international students’ tuition and fees and addressing mental health issues on campus, will be key concerns for Bollo-Kamara during the course of her presidency.
Cheryl Regehr, who was formerly dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, assumed the post of provost on September 2, 2013. As provost, Regehr oversees academic matters as well as the university’s budget. Regehr’s 18-month term will end in February 2015, at which point she will be eligible for reappointment.
Meric Gertler assumed the presidency of U of T for a five-year term on November 1, 2013, succeeding David Naylor. He previously served as dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science awnd is U of T’s sixteenth president. He oversees all university operations, including the function of its governing institutions and its finances. He also develops long-term plans for the university’s development. An urban theorist and geographer, Gertler plans to increase cooperation between U of T and City Hall. Gertler contends with low levels of provincial education funding and meeting the needs of a rapidly expanding university, the latter of which includes accomodating the university’s growing population of students, staff, and faculty.
Before being appointed in 2008, Matus served as vice-principal and acting principal of University College. She oversees the Division of Student Life Programs and Services — which, among many other responsibilities, grants approval to campus-wide clubs and coordinates training for student leaders. Matus and her office play a key role in student recruitment and the international student exchange program. She and her office are largely responsible for the student experience at U of T.
Scott Mabury and his office are responsible for overseeing the functioning of U of T. Mabury served as vice-provost, academic operations, before being appointed to the position in 2012. His office coordinates a number of university divisions, including Facilities & Services, Planning & Budget, Information Technology Services, and Ancillary Services.