Professor’s contributions to York community celebrated

an Greene and James Simeon

Daniel Cohn Ian Greene and James SimeonCelebration was in the air at McLaughlin College as Professor Emeritus Ian Greene was fêted at the School of Public Policy & Administration’s annual alumni, student and community recognition awards on Nov. 28.

From left, Daniel Cohn, graduate program director, Master of Public Policy, Administration & Law; Professor Emeritus Ian Greene; and James Simeon, director of the School of Public Policy & Administration

More than 65 invited guests from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) and the community attended a dinner and awards in Greene’s honour.

Daniel Cohn, Corey Davidson and James SimeonFrom left, Daniel Cohn, student award winner Corey Davidson and James Simeon

Newly retired, Greene has had an extraordinary and impactful career at York, where he has taught public policy and administration since 1985. At the awards ceremony students, faculty and staff reflected on how they had been touched by Greene’s forward-thinking approach and generosity of spirit in his numerous appointments at York. He is the founding director of York’s master’s program in public policy, administration and law; past chair of the University Senate; and a former associate dean in the previous Faculty of Arts, among other notable roles.

Daniel Cohn, Frank Belluardo and James SimeonFrom left, Daniel Cohn, alumni award winner Frank Belluardo and James Simeon

Alongside Greene, several other guests were celebrated for their meaningful accomplishments and contributions to the public policy and administration program. Corey Davidson, a business development advisor at ServiceOntario; Frank Belluardo, former senior policy advisor in the Ministry of Transportation; and Claudio De Rose, director of partnerships and business development branch at ServiceOntario, all took home awards for their involvement and dedication to public service.

Daniel Cohn, Claudio De Rose and James SimeonFrom left, Daniel Cohn, practicum honouree Claudio De Rose and James Simeon

The evening also kicked off a fundraising campaign for renovations to the McLaughlin College Junior Common Room. While master of McLaughlin College, one of Greene’s priorities was to renovate and improve the Junior Common Room. He persuaded one of the Fellows of the College, an architect, to design initial plans for the renovation. To honour Greene, the Ian Greene Fund has been established within the Division of Advancement to raise the funds necessary to implement this vision, and bring the new Junior Common Room to reality.

Those interested in donating can do so online through the Division of Advancement’s Make a Gift web page by designating their gift to the “Ian Greene Fund” or by calling 416-650-8210.