(Aneta Rebiszewski/Ryersonian)
(Aneta Rebiszewski/Ryersonian)

In moving forward with plans for a law school, Ryerson is beginning the process of selecting a new dean for the Faculty of Law.  

In a statement on Jan. 17, Michael Benarroch, provost and vice-president academic, said the process of establishing a search committee for the position is underway.

Committee members will be nominated and selected by Ryerson community members who are eligible to nominate and vote. The overall make-up of the committee will include four tenured faculty members, one chair or director from a department or school at Ryerson, one dean or vice-provost and one career staff member. Benarroch, who will serve as chair of the committee, will also appoint two additional members.  

Nominations for the search committee close at 3 p.m. on Jan. 23.

In an interview with the Ryersonian, university president Mohamed Lachemi said that once the search committee is established, the subsequent process to hire a new dean will begin as soon as possible. After a dean is selected, the dean in place will form a team to begin recruiting staff and faculty members for the Faculty of Law.

“The idea is to have core people that can really provide the best possible education to the new students,” said Lachemi.

Anver Saloojee is currently the Dean of Record for Ryerson’s Faculty of Law. Saloojee helped guide the proposal for the law school through its approval process.

The announcement follows the Progressive Conservative government’s implementation of a 10 per cent tuition cut for the next two academic years. Lachemi said the drop in tuition fees will reduce the university’s operating budget by about five per cent.

Ryerson has also faced significant setbacks from the province in getting the law school off the ground. Last November, the province announced it would be rejecting Ryerson’s bid to fund the new law school.   

“We are not seeking approval for the school,” Lachemi said, following the announcement. “We know that other law schools in Canada have moved forward without a provincial funding model in place.”

An announcement regarding the final committee selection will come in the following weeks.

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