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UOIT announces new president


Oshawa, ON - Dr. Tim McTiernan will be the third president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), effective July 1, 2011.

Dr. McTiernan, currently a senior administrator at the University of Toronto, replaces President Ronald Bordessa who completes his term on June 30.

"We were very impressed by the calibre of nominations resulting from a comprehensive search and have found a highly respected candidate with outstanding leadership qualities and a compelling vision to lead Canada's fastest growing new university," said Peter Williams, board chair of UOIT. "Our new president brings extensive experience having worked in both academic and government organizations with a focus on research, innovation, economic development and commercialization. Dr. McTiernan is an ideal fit for UOIT because he deeply understands the tremendous opportunities of our students, staff and faculty and is strongly committed to our unique academic mandate and research excellence."

The Committee to Recommend a President, including representatives from faculty, student, staff and board, began the search for a new president early last fall.

"UOIT has grown out of a bold and ambitious vision and has a dynamic future ahead," said Dr. McTiernan. "I am excited to join UOIT and to work closely with faculty, staff and students as well as our academic, industry and community partners. The strong start and excellent reputation for which UOIT is already widely recognized puts the institution in a tremendous position to build on its academic, student support, and research and development partnership achievements." 

Dr. McTiernan has more than 25 years of senior-level leadership and administrative experience spanning the areas of innovation; research administration and commercialization; social and economic development; and post-secondary education. He has served as assistant vice-president, Government, Institutional and Community Relations; interim vice-president, Research; assistant vice-president, Research and executive director, The Innovations Group, University of Toronto; acting deputy minister, assistant deputy minister and chief operating officer, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation; president, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology in North Bay, Ontario; and deputy minister, cabinet secretary and chief negotiator for Land Claims, Self-Government and Devolution, Yukon government.

From Kilkenny, Ireland, Dr. McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy (1973) from Trinity College in Dublin, and his Master of Arts degree (1977) and PhD in Psychology (1982) from the University of British Columbia.

"I would like to commend the Committee to Recommend a President and the Board of Governors for finding a candidate that combines a stellar leadership record and strong experience in community and government partnerships, academic planning, fiscal management, innovation and research," said UOIT president Dr. Ronald Bordessa.


About UOIT

As an innovative university, UOIT delivers a leading-edge learning environment that uniquely combines academic knowledge, research opportunities, hands-on skills and a vibrant student life. UOIT's more than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students are taught by professors who are experts in their fields from around the world. As Ontario's first laptop-based university, the university offers a diverse array of challenging undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its faculties of Business and Information Technology; Education; Energy Systems and Nuclear Science; Engineering and Applied Science; Health Sciences; Science; and Social Science and Humanities. UOIT's commitment to research excellence has resulted in millions of dollars in grants and awards, including seven Canada Research Chairs. To find out more, visit or call 905.721.8668.

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