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Trinity College appoints Mayo Moran as its 15th Provost

February 24, 2014

TORONTO, ON — Trin­i­ty Col­lege announced today the appoint­ment of Mayo Moran, cur­rent Dean and James Mar­shall Tory Pro­fes­sor of Law at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to (U of T), as its 15th Provost. Dean Moran’s appoint­ment is effec­tive July 1, 2014.

Dean Moran joined the U of T Fac­ul­ty of Law in 1995, becom­ing Dean in 2006. In her role as Dean, 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).

Many new pro­grams and cen­tres have been cre­at­ed under Dean Moran’s lead­er­ship, includ­ing 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 mas­ter’s pro­gram, the Glob­al Pro­fes­sion­al Mas­ter in Law.

Her strong rela­tion­ships with stu­dents, alum­ni and fac­ul­ty led to Dean Moran’s suc­cess­ful lead­er­ship of a $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.

Dean Moran teach­es pri­vate and pub­lic law, super­vis­es grad­u­ate stu­dents, and pub­lish­es exten­sive­ly. She is a fre­quent guest lec­tur­er and an active mem­ber of a num­ber of com­mit­tees both inside and out­side U of T. Since 2007 Dean Moran has chaired 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.

Quick facts

  • Trin­i­ty Col­lege 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.
  • Trin­i­ty was found­ed in 1851 as a unique and dis­tinc­tive uni­ver­si­ty, root­ed in the Angli­can tra­di­tion. Trin­i­ty entered into fed­er­a­tion with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to in 1904.
  • Trinity’s entrance require­ments are among the high­est in Cana­da, and the Col­lege has a strong record of pro­duc­ing Rhodes schol­ars.
  • Trin­i­ty is dis­tin­guished not only by its rig­or­ous aca­d­e­m­ic stan­dards, but also by its com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing stu­dents with a unique­ly well-round­ed edu­ca­tion, through inno­v­a­tive offer­ings like the Mar­garet MacMil­lan Trin­i­ty­One pro­gram.
  • Trin­i­ty has long been known for alum­ni who dis­tin­guish them­selves in pro­fes­sion­al and pub­lic life, includ­ing writer Mal­colm Glad­well, film­mak­er Atom Egoy­an, busi­ness­man the late Ted Rogers, for­mer Gov­er­nor-Gen­er­al Adri­enne Clark­son, and Canada’s for­mer ambas­sador to Wash­ing­ton Michael Wil­son.


“Mayo brings vital­i­ty, enthu­si­asm and a real sense of voca­tion to the provost role. Trin­i­ty is a col­lege known for the excel­lence of our provosts and the cal­i­bre of our stu­dents. 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.”

–The Hon. William C. Gra­ham, Chan­cel­lor, Trin­i­ty Col­lege

“A very high bar was set in our search for a new provost. Mayo had every­thing we were look­ing for: Her breadth of expe­ri­ence and her lev­el of achieve­ment, both aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly and admin­is­tra­tive­ly, are unde­ni­able. Under her lead­er­ship, U of T Law has risen from being the top law school in Cana­da to one of the top law schools in the world. Mayo cares deeply about the edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ence as a whole, and we believe will be key to advanc­ing Trinity’s rep­u­ta­tion as a glob­al leader in that regard. At the same time, we are grate­ful to Dr. Michael Rat­cliffe, Trinity’s Dean of Arts, for his insight­ful stew­ard­ship of the Col­lege as Inter­im Provost over the past few months.”

–Evan Howard, Chair, Trin­i­ty Col­lege Board of Trustees

“We are delight­ed to con­grat­u­late Mayo Moran on her appoint­ment as Provost of Trin­i­ty Col­lege. 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. 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.”

–Mer­ic Gertler, Pres­i­dent, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to

“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. 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.”

–Dean Mayo Moran, Incom­ing Provost, Trin­i­ty Col­lege


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Lucian­na Cic­co­ciop­po
Fac­ul­ty of Law