Professor Marco Fiola to become new Principal of York University’s Glendon Campus


TORONTO, Dec 1, 2020 – York University is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Principal of Glendon Campus. President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton informed the community today of the appointment of Professor Marco Fiola to a five-and-a-half-year term, commencing January 1, 2021. The appointment follows an extensive national and international search and was approved by the York University Board of Governors today.

Prof. Fiola brings dynamic academic leadership and development experience to Glendon. He joins York University after serving as Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University. Prof. Fiola holds a BA and an MA in Translation from l’Université de Montréal as well as a DEA in Language Sciences and a PhD in Translation Studies from l’Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle.  He is a Certified Translator and Terminologist (Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario) and a Certified Translator (American Translators Association).

Throughout his career, Prof. Fiola has been a strong advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion, specifically through his award-winning research-action work, publications, and community work on intercultural and interlinguistic communication.

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Fiola to York University and look forward to working with him in this important leadership role. Glendon has a long history of applying their collaborative and inclusive approach to learning and trademark liberal arts thinking to preparing global leaders in the fields of social sciences, humanities, languages and beyond. I am confident that under Professor Fiola’s leadership, Glendon will continue to empower new generations of change makers armed with the tools they need to make a positive impact in their communities and around the world.”

-Rhonda L. Lenton, President & Vice Chancellor, York University

“I would like to join the York University community in welcoming Prof. Fiola to this important role at Glendon Campus. His leadership will be instrumental in preparing future bilingual and multilingual leaders to make their mark and respond to society’s biggest challenges.”

-Lisa Philipps, Provost & Vice President Academic

“I am humbled by the opportunity to join students, faculty and staff at York University’ Glendon Campus, and to work with and for the communities the campus serves.  As Principal, I will strive to collaboratively enhance our well-respected position as a post-secondary institution that excels at bilingual and multilingual education and is the home of some of the best research and hands-on learning opportunities in Canada.”

-Marco Fiola, Incoming Principal Glendon Campus

Prof. Fiola will succeed Professor Ian Roberge, who served as Interim Principal.  The University community extends our appreciation to Prof. Roberge for his strong leadership, service and dedication to the campus and the University.

York University is a modern, multi-campus, urban university located in Toronto, Ontario. Backed by a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we bring a uniquely global perspective to help solve societal challenges, drive positive change and prepare our students for success. York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. York’s campuses in Costa Rica and India offer students exceptional transnational learning opportunities and innovative programs. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future.

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