From the President: Our impact has only just begun

York President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri sends the following message to the University community:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about an important initiative that the University is undertaking. We are at an inflection point in York’s history and as we face an exciting future, York University is launching a comprehensive fundraising and alumni engagement campaign – our most ambitious ever.

At a special event last Thursday, I was joined by our Chancellor, Greg Sorbara, and Rick Waugh, the Chair of our Board of Governors, to publicly launch Impact: The Campaign for York University.  As its name suggests, our focus is on impact – the impact that York has already made, and the impact our students and alumni are making here and around the world every day.

The Campaign aims to achieve two important goals:

  • Raise $500 million in support of York’s strategic priorities and our students;
  • and double the number of alumni engaged in making a difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Through the Campaign, we will engage our alumni and friends to raise funds in support of three campaign themes:

  • Mobilizing New Ways of Thinking
  • Preparing Engaged Global Citizens
  • Building Stronger Communities

I am pleased to let you know that we have already raised $270 million toward our $500 million goal, so we are well on our way. Please visit our Campaign website at for more information and some great stories of impact and support for our students.

I would like to thank all of you, our faculty and staff, for your individual contributions to the countless ways that York is changing the world – through our innovative programs, ground-breaking research, and exceptional students and alumni. I look forward to keeping you up-to-date on the Campaign and to sharing the many ways in which you can get involved.

Our impact has only just begun.


Mamdouh Shoukri
York President and Vice Chancellor