Dr. Tim McTiernan will get to keep his position as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) for another four years as the Board of Governors of the university renewed his contract. His first term began on July 1st, 2011 and his second term will begin on July 1st 2016 and last until 2020.

During his first term, Dr. McTiernan says it provided an opportunity for UOIT to work closely with Durham College on a number of initiatives including building out academic pathways more fully and organize services between schools.

Dr. McTiernan says that the relationship with Durham College can help students come to college and go on from college to university or vice-versa. He says it provides a “broad menu of opportunities” for students in the Durham Region.

With the two institutions working together, it can help the community economically, socially and culturally as the region grows and the communities within grow as well, says Dr. McTiernan.

Dr. McTiernan says that one of the main focuses of his second term will be to look at ways to build, strengthen and solidify the relationship with Durham College.

“It really is the case that the two institutes together are more than one plus one equals two, its one plus one equals two plus, plus, plus,” says Dr. McTiernan.

Dr. McTiernan is the third president of UOIT after Dr. Ronald Bordessa who held the position from 2006 to 2011 and Dr. Gary Polonsky who was the first president of UOIT from 2002 to 2006.

Before Dr. McTiernan became UOIT’s president, he was the Assistant Vice-President of Government, Institutional and Community Relations at the University of Toronto (U of T) from January 2010 until June 2011. Before that, he was the Assistant Vice-President of Research and Executive Director of the Innovations Group at U of T from June 2006 until December 2009.

 

This article was published on The Chronicle website on October 30th 2015

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