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Members of the Faculty of Arts and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies

Many of you will have received email from a group calling itself “York Faculty Concerned about the Future of York University” calling into question the search process for the inaugural Dean of the new Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and the selection of Dr. Martin Singer, the candidate recommended by the committee.

I can assure you that the search and selection process for the Dean of the new Faculty was collegial, democratic and rigorous.

The search process was recommended by the governance group established by the two Faculties to oversee the transition, and confirmed by both of their Faculty Councils. Members consisted of the Vice-President Academic & Provost, nominees elected by each of the two Faculties, as well as two students and two staff members. This represented a departure from past search processes, where the President appointed some of the members. I served as a non-voting Chair.

With the help of Jack Dimond of the firm of Janet Wright & Associates, the committee conducted a wide ranging and comprehensive search — including four town halls to seek the advice of faculty members on the attributes of the inaugural Dean — and evaluated all candidates according to the criteria then established. Dr. Singer’s qualifications and experience were carefully examined in the interview and search process, and he emerged as the most suitable candidate on the basis of his entire professional record — including his administrative experience, teaching and scholarship.

I believe we are very fortunate to have Dr. Singer join the York community, and I am confident that he can lead this new Faculty forward. During the transition period prior to his appointment, he will be meeting with many of you with the aim of learning more about York and the ambitions of this new Faculty, as expressed by its leaders and members. I hope you will join me in welcoming him.

Mamdouh Shoukri
President and Vice-Chancellor

Updated on April 2nd, 2012.