Change of office to take effect on July 1, 2014
TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Hugh Segal, a member of the Senate of
Canada and a distinguished author, policy advisor and academic is to
become the next Master of Massey College, succeeding John Fraser who
retires on June 30, 2014 from the position he has held for nearly two
The Governing Council of the University of Toronto today gave assent to
the election on Tuesday December 10, 2013 of Mr. Segal by Massey
College's governing Corporation. This followed an extensive process
begun last May by a search committee representing all aspects of the
life of the college.
There will be a six-month transition period during which time Mr. Segal
will continue to serve in the Senate until he takes on his new
position. In accepting the position of the fifth Master in the
college's history, Mr. Segal said: "Massey College is an independent,
interdisciplinary college within the University of Toronto. It opened
in 1963 and for 50 years has been the leading intellectual home in
Canada for outstanding graduate students, distinguished senior
academics, scholars-at-risk (caught out in intolerant conditions around
the world), as well as non-academic leaders from journalism, politics
and the public service. It is host to the annual Walter Gordon
Symposium on Public Policy and co-host (with CBC and the House of
Anansi Press) of the annual Massey Lectures. My term as Master will be
a rewarding opportunity and challenge to work with this remarkable
community, especially with those exceptional young Canadian and
international scholars who constitute our future."
For his part, in a letter to all members of the Massey Community, John
Fraser wrote: "This is a wonderful choice the Selection Committee has
made and it is a help to me to know that such a warm, engaging and
energetic figure as Hugh Segal is to take on the leadership of this
amazing college. It is going to be an important, challenging and
ultimately triumphant change for the college: all good transitions are.
It is a time to evaluate what works, what doesn't work so well anymore,
what can be improved, what needs to be cherished. That's how successful
institutions survive and thrive."
The first Master was the celebrated Canadian novelist and journalist,
Robertson Davies. He was succeeded by the pioneer computer researcher,
J.N.Patterson Hume, the Irish studies scholar Ann Saddlemyer, and Mr.
Fraser, an author and journalist.
Mr. Segal's biography can be found at: http://www.hughsegal.ca/
Massey College's web site is: http://www.masseycollege.ca/
SOURCE: Massey College
For further information:
Hugh Segal: email@example.com or 613-995-4059
John Fraser: firstname.lastname@example.org