Ryerson’s new president to be named this week

The campus will know Sheldon Levy’s successor by the end of the week, sources close to Ryerson’s Board of Governors told The Ryersonian.

The announcement will occur shortly after the committee to select Levy’s successor meets on Thursday.

“There will be an update on the presidential search in the next few days,” said Michael Forbes, manager of media relations at Ryerson. “I would anticipate by Friday.”

Another source told The Ryersonian the shortlist was down to five names, and that the committee was looking for someone that was more of a “Sheldon Levy type”, rather than someone from a primarily academic background.

Sheldon Levy (Ryersonian Image Archives)

Sheldon Levy (Ryersonian Image Archives)

The selection committee is made up of members of the board of governors, senate, faculty, and at least one student representative.

Sheldon Levy announced at the end of 2013 that he would not be seeking a third term as Ryerson president.

In January of 2014, Ryerson’s senate began appointing members to the replacement committee, including provost and vice-president academic Mohamed Lachemi.

Levy was named president of the university in 2005. He’s been referred to as a “city-builder” for his work in expanding Ryerson within the downtown core.

He oversaw the development and opening of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) on Yonge Street and the Digital Media Zone.

However, Levy’s tenure as president has also known controversy. He was accused of disrespecting city history when the school declined to display the Sam the Record Man sign on the SLC.

Levy’s successor will take office in August.

With files from Danni Gresko and Sean Westelaar.

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