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School of Continuing Studies | University of Toronto

U of T Welcomes New Dean of the School of Continuing Studies

Posted 8 months ago

Toronto, January 9, 2017 – The University of Toronto has appointed Dr. Maureen MacDonald as Dean of the School of Continuing Studies.

Dr. MacDonald brings to this position more than 20 years of expertise in the field of continuing education. In her previous role as Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria (UVic), Dr. MacDonald led the development of two five-year strategic plans for the Division of Continuing Studies, and developed academic plans that fed into UVic’s annual integrated planning process. The financial success of the Division enabled Dr. MacDonald and her team to self-finance a $13-million expansion project of their Continuing Studies Building, which was completed last March.

“I am very pleased that Dr. MacDonald will be leading our School of Continuing Studies,” said Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost, University of Toronto. “She is an accomplished leader who understands and thrives in the world of continuing education, and I’m confident that our learners will be well served by her extensive skillsets.”

Dr. MacDonald has forged partnerships within and external to UVic – including other post-secondary institutions, First Nations’ communities, professional associations and accrediting bodies, employers, community groups, and an array of international partners, agents, and liaison officers.

“Continuing education is my passion, and it is a privilege and honour to be selected as Dean of the School of Continuing Studies,” said Dr. MacDonald. “I look forward to serving our learners and working with the School of Continuing Studies’ talented staff to continue building on our prominence and global reputation as an innovator in this evolving industry.”

Dr. MacDonald has a PhD from the University of North Dakota, an MBA from McGill University, and a JD and BA from the University of Manitoba. She also considers herself a life-long learner and has completed a number of continuing studies courses.

Dr. MacDonald succeeds Marilynn Booth, who after 11 years, retired this past December.

About the School of Continuing Studies

The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies’ vision is to be a global leader in university continuing education. It provides learning opportunities for Canadians and global citizens alike, offering more than 600 non-degree courses and 80 specialized certificate programs delivered in the classroom, online and in hybrid format by instructors who are recognized leaders in their fields. It is all in an effort to help people advance their learning, life and career goals. To learn more about how the School of Continuing Studies puts learners first, visit learn.utoronto.ca