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The University of St. Michael’s College welcomes Randy Boyagoda as new Principal and Vice President

May 30, 2016

Acclaimed writer and professor joins the University’s executive team


Toron­to, ON – The Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege (USMC) is pleased to announce the appoint­ment of Randy Boy­ago­da as its new Prin­ci­pal and Vice Pres­i­dent, effec­tive July 1, 2016. An accom­plished writer and aca­d­e­m­ic, with bylines in the New York Times, Wall Street Jour­nal, Finan­cial Times (UK) and the Globe and Mail, he has most recent­ly served as the Direc­tor of Zone Learn­ing at Ryer­son Uni­ver­si­ty, an expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing pro­gram mod­eled on busi­ness incu­ba­tors that sup­port the rapid cre­ation of new com­pa­nies and social orga­ni­za­tions led by stu­dents.

“I’m very hap­py and hon­oured to join the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege,” said Boy­ago­da. “My first class at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to was at St. Mike’s, and I also fond­ly remem­ber attend­ing Mass at St. Basil’s with my friends. Giv­en the rich and dis­tin­guished his­to­ry of the Col­lege and its impor­tant rela­tion­ships to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, St. Michael’s is an insti­tu­tion like no oth­er in North Amer­i­ca. As an aca­d­e­m­ic leader, as a teacher, and as a Catholic intel­lec­tu­al, schol­ar, and writer, I look for­ward to being part of this com­mu­ni­ty and help­ing con­tribute to its excit­ing future.”

Credited to: Ethan Horst Mitchell

Cred­it­ed to: Ethan Horst Mitchell

Pri­or to tak­ing on his role as the Direc­tor of Zone Learn­ing at Ryer­son, Boy­ago­da has held posi­tions as Chair of the Eng­lish depart­ment and pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Ryer­son, and also as a post­doc­tor­al fel­low and assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Notre Dame.

“I am delight­ed to wel­come Randy to our Uni­ver­si­ty com­mu­ni­ty,” said Pres­i­dent David Mul­roney. “He is a gift­ed writer, an amaz­ing teacher and some­one who knows how to inspire stu­dents to go out and make a dif­fer­ence.”

In addi­tion to his acclaimed nov­els, Boy­ago­da has writ­ten exten­sive­ly on human expe­ri­ence in con­tem­po­rary lit­er­a­ture, cul­ture and cur­rent affairs, often from a reli­gious­ly-informed van­tage. As a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to The New York Times and CBC Radio, he has cre­at­ed nat­ur­al and nec­es­sary bridges between the sacred and the sec­u­lar. Through his recent­ly pub­lished biog­ra­phy of the influ­en­tial Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, he has estab­lished him­self as a lead­ing Catholic intel­lec­tu­al voice in North Amer­i­ca.

As the new Prin­ci­pal and Vice Pres­i­dent, Boy­ago­da will be the aca­d­e­m­ic head of USMC’s under­grad­u­ate divi­sion, which has some 5000 stu­dents, and also con­sti­tutes one of the largest under­grad­u­ate col­leges in the Fac­ul­ty of Arts and Sci­ence in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. He there­fore serves as a senior admin­is­tra­tor of both uni­ver­si­ties.  Pro­fes­sor Boy­ago­da, who will hold his tenure in the Depart­ment of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, will also teach in the Chris­tian­i­ty and Cul­ture pro­gram, and has been named to the Basil­ian Chair in Chris­tian­i­ty, Arts and Let­ters.

Ryer­son Uni­ver­si­ty Pres­i­dent Mohamed Lache­mi attests to Boy­ago­da’s accom­plish­ments. “Pro­fes­sor Randy Boy­ago­da was instru­men­tal in Ryer­son­’s expan­sion of zone learn­ing, includ­ing cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment and encour­ag­ing cross-col­lab­o­ra­tion across the uni­ver­si­ty,” said Lache­mi. “Randy made great con­tri­bu­tions to Ryer­son as a schol­ar, admin­is­tra­tor and com­mu­ni­ty mem­ber. We wish him the best in his new role.”

Boy­ago­da lives with his wife and four chil­dren in the Beach­es, where he is an active mem­ber of Cor­pus Christi parish.


About Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege

The Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege (USMC), fed­er­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, is a Catholic insti­tu­tion of high­er learn­ing found­ed by the Con­gre­ga­tion of St. Basil, whose mot­to, “Teach me good­ness, dis­ci­pline and knowl­edge,” sets the tone for cam­pus life. St. Michael’s was expand­ed through coop­er­a­tion with the Sis­ters of St. Joseph and the Sis­ters of Loret­to. Com­mit­ted to the pur­suit of knowl­edge, mean­ing and truth, USMC is a dynam­ic cen­tre where the Catholic intel­lec­tu­al tra­di­tion thrives in a con­text of aca­d­e­m­ic free­dom and rig­or­ous debate. As such, it seeks to pro­vide an envi­ron­ment that fos­ters the intel­lec­tu­al, moral and spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment of its mem­bers. The Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Michael’s Col­lege boasts a large and dynam­ic under­grad­u­ate divi­sion, an acclaimed Fac­ul­ty of The­ol­o­gy and one of the busiest and most impor­tant libraries on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Cam­pus.

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