Principal of New College (PDAD&C #7)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date: September 1, 2016
Re: Principal of New College (PDAD&C #7)

Photo_Roberge On June 30, 2017, Professor Yves Roberge will end his second term as Principal of New College.

Professor Roberge was installed on October 25, 2010 as the 10th Principal of New College. He has been an outstanding member of the University’s academic leadership team over the past six years. Professor Roberge brought a strong background in University administration, teaching, and research to the position and is admired by his colleagues for being a clear-sighted and inclusive leader. As Principal, Professor Roberge has overseen the revitalization of College programs, services, advancement, and spaces.

Professor Roberge joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member in the Department of French in 1988. During his tenure at U of T, Professor Roberge has amassed an exceptional record of service and academic leadership. Prior to taking on the role of Principal of New College, he served as Acting Principal and Vice-President (Academic) St. Michael’s College (2007-2008); Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies (1998-2001); and Chair, Graduate Admissions (1997-1998) in his department.

Professor Roberge received his BA and MA from the University of Sherbrooke and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on verb argument structure, pronominal systems and null objects in Romance languages, and on their development in first language acquisition. He has published extensively in professional journals and collections and has authored and edited several books. He is a former president of the Canadian Linguistic Association and serves on the editorial board of Probus and the Journal of French Language Studies. He was also co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics (1992-1994).

Professor Roberge was named the 2015 recipient of the National Achievement Award from the Canadian Linguistic Association. In addition, he is currently co-investigator in a SSHRC-funded research project on the development of noun phrase complexity in children. Professor Roberge is also active in teaching and graduate advising. He is a ten-time recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award in the Faculty of Arts & Science, and has received the Faculty’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

On behalf of the University of Toronto, I would like to express gratitude to Professor Roberge for his fantastic leadership of New College.

In accordance with Section 62 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, I am calling for nominations of individuals to serve on the Committee that will advise the appointment of a Principal of the College.

The Policy mandates the composition of the committee as follows:

  • Vice-President & Provost or representative (Chair);
  • Three to five members of the teaching staff of the College and/or those who teach in the College’s programs;
  • One to three students of the College;
  • Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or representative;
  • Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science or representative;
  • Two or three other qualified scholars from within or outside the University, but outside the College; and
  • One librarian, where appropriate.
  • In addition, the Committee may include an alumnus and one or two members of the administrative staff.

The Advisory Committee will begin meeting at the end of the Fall term. Nominations for the Committee should be submitted by September 16, 2016, via the Office of the Vice-President & Provost’s online form. Questions about this search should be directed to:

Cheryl Gibbs
Assistant Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students