Gregory Sorbara re-appointed Chancellor of York University


TORONTO, May 31, 2017 − York University Chancellor Gregory Sorbara has been re-appointed to the University’s top ceremonial role for an additional three-year term, effective June 14, 2017. York’s Board of Governors first appointed Sorbara as Chancellor in 2014 for a three year term, and recently confirmed the re-appointment.

“Greg is a tremendous advocate for post-secondary education, and especially a York University education,” said Rick Waugh, Chair, York University Board of Governors. “Greg has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the values that define York: we are progressive, we embrace diversity, and we always strive for excellence. I am confident he will continue to champion York with his considerable experience and wisdom.”

This year, Chancellor Sorbara will confer degrees on graduating students over 13 convocation ceremonies from June 16 to 24.

"York University could not ask for a more dedicated or effective champion than Greg Sorbara," said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University. "A proud double alumnus and longtime friend of the University, Greg has spent his career working to enhance accessibility to postsecondary education in Ontario and to increase investments in all areas of student success, research and innovation."

“I am honoured to be re-appointed,” said Greg Sorbara. “As the University embarks on its next phase of growth, I remain devoted to the vitality and well-being of York’s Community.”

Sorbara earned a BA from York’s bilingual Glendon Campus in 1978 and earned an LLB from York’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981. In 2013, he received an honorary doctor of laws (LLD) from York. In 2014, he was appointed York’s 13th Chancellor, the titular head of York’s governance structure, and a member of the Board of Governors. Formerly a long-serving and distinguished Member of Provincial Parliament, Sorbara held senior cabinet roles in the governments of Ontario Premier David Peterson and Premier Dalton McGuinty.

For Chancellor Sorbara’s biography, click here.

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.


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