Vice-president students to retire

close up of Robert Tiffin

President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri yesterday issued this message to the York community:

It is with mixed emotions that I wish to advise you that Vice-President Students Rob Tiffin has decided to retire. Rob informed me of his decision late last year, but wanted to wait to share his intentions with the community until his departure date was set. After much discussion and deliberation between Vice-President Academic & Provost Patrick Monahan, Tiffin and me, we have agreed that his last day will be June 30.

On behalf of the University, I would like to express my deep appreciation to Rob for the tremendous contributions that he has made in building and leading the Division of Students over the past decade. Rob transformed what was a fledgling operation into one of the most professional student service organizations in the country, serving one of Canada’s largest student populations. In fact, during Rob’s time the student population has grown by more than 40 per cent, generating a tremendous increase in student needs and expectations for service.

Rob’s approach has always been to strive to understand student needs and perspectives, to handle challenges with a sense of fairness, all while serving as a constant advocate for students among his peers. He has been a very persuasive and effective supporter and leader, and I have come to rely on his wisdom and experience as a colleague and a friend. He will be sorely missed within the leadership team.

I have asked the provost to lead the search process, and I anticipate that in the coming weeks he will share with the community the search criteria. I am confident that the Division of Students will continue to seamlessly serve the needs of our students and the community.

In the intervening months, I am sure we will have many opportunities to extend to Rob best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement.