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Faculty of Law's Mayo Moran appointed Trinity College provost

Mayo Moran will step down as dean of the Faculty of Law April 30, 2014 (photo by Michelle Yee)

Mayo Moran, current dean and James Marshall Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto (U of T), will be the 15th provost of Trinity College, effective July 1, 2014.

"Trinity is a college known for the excellence of our provosts and the calibre of our students," said the Honourable William C. Graham, chancellor of Trinity. "Mayo’s scholarship and collaborative approach position her to lead the next chapter of our growth as a global academic leader, while her love of students marries well with Trinity’s role as a place of educating people who will make a difference in the world.”

Founded in 1851, Trinity entered into federation with the University of Toronto in 1904. Today, its entrance requirements are among the highest in Canada and it is home to approximately 1,850 Arts and Science undergraduate students (roughly 25 per cent of them from 60 countries around the world) and 140 Divinity graduate students. Alumni include filmmaker Atom Egoyan and writer Malcolm Gladwell.

“One of the great joys of my role as dean has been supporting outstanding students who are committed to making the world a better place," Moran said. "Having taught in a first-rate professional school, I am excited by the prospect of working with the wonderful students that Trinity is rightly renowned for – both its undergraduate students and the Faculty of Divinity’s graduate students. 
 
"I look forward to building upon Trinity’s tradition of attracting the very best students to U of T and providing them with the kind of education that enables them to make a real difference.”

Moran, who joined the Faculty of Law in 1995, became dean in 2006. She has led the redesign of many aspects of the Law program, from recruitment and admissions to curriculum and wellness programs, all with the goal of enhancing the student experience. In the process, U of T Law has gained international recognition as one of the world’s five best law schools (BrainTrack).

"The impact of Mayo’s leadership at the Faculty of Law has been tremendous and I know she will bring her considerable talents and passion to Trinity College," said U of T president Meric Gertler. "On a personal note, Mayo is part of the University family and I am very pleased we will be able to continue to work together to build this great university.”

New programs and centres created under Moran’s leadership include: the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights (the only Canadian Centre that brings constitutional law research, policy, advocacy and teaching together under one roof); the Centre for the Legal Profession; the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program and a new professional Masters program, the Global Professional Masters in Law.

Moran has also led a successful $53-million campaign which included the design and construction of a new building (the Jackman Law Building) for the Faculty of Law, which broke ground in 2013. She teaches private and public law, supervises graduate students, and publishes extensively. A frequent guest lecturer and an active member of a number of committees both inside and outside U of T, Moran chairs the Independent Assessment Process Oversight Committee that assists in the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Agreement. In 2013, she was appointed to lead a review of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 

Moran issued a statement to the members of the Law School community February 24. 
 
Dear Members of the Law School Community,
 
I wanted to let you know that I have been appointed the next Provost and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Trinity College. After more than two fantastic decades at our law school, it is hard to imagine being elsewhere. I am very excited about taking on this wonderful new challenge but of course my feelings are also very mixed. I look forward to the opportunity to thank all of you who have made this such an amazing shared journey and to celebrate the law school we love.
 
All the best,
 
Mayo
February 25, 2014

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