Search for the Next Principal Listening Session

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Search for the Next Principal Listening Session

November 9, 2018 at 4:45 pm - 9:15 pm EST


Dear members of the Massey community,

This is a reminder that the Search Committee for the next Principal is holding a Listening Session tomorrow, Friday, November 9th. The first session is scheduled from 4:45pm to 6:15pm and the second session from 7:45pm to 9:15pm. You may just come for one session. The Search Committee members will also stay for dinner.

Come and be part of this important task before all of us. Make your voice count. Let the committee members know how you imagine the future of Massey College and the profile of the next Principal.

Please see below a list of topics and questions that the Search Committee would like you to address at the Listening Session.

An online survey will be circulated to the world-wide Massey community next week (Nov. 12). It will contain the same questions, as well as the new ones that may come out of the Listening Session. There is also a designated email address: where you may send your comments, ideas and opinions.

Following below are some topics and questions you might address:


  1. What is the essence of the Massey community?
  2. What do you see as Massey’s strengths?
  3. Where do you think Massey is currently lacking?
  4. How do you see the role of Massey College within the U of T and within the broader context?
  5. What major shifts would you like to see at Massey in the next few years and why?
  6. How should an understanding of diversity at all levels inform the search?
  7. How do you see the role of the Principal in the future?


Principal – Characteristics & Skills

How important is it in your opinion that the Principal:

  • Be familiar with Massey College and/or University of Toronto?
  • Is an academic?
  • Is in mid-career or nearing the end of their career?
  • Is a well-known figure from the academic or public life?
  • Has a proven fundraising track-record?
  • Lives in residence?
  1. What do you see as the most important functions of the job?
  2. What are the top 5 attributes you think we need in a Principal?
  3. If you could choose anyone in the world for the job, who would it be and why?




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November 9, 2018
4:45 pm - 9:15 pm


Upper Library
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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