Announcement of appointment of assistant vice-president, institutional planning & chief data officer

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Dear colleagues,

Margaret Kierylo
Margaret Kierylo

We pleased to announce that the search for a new assistant vice-president, institutional planning & chief data officer has concluded successfully with the recruitment of Dr. Margaret Kierylo.

Following an extensive search which attracted excellent candidates, the search committee recommended the appointment of Dr. Kierylo, who will take up her position commencing April 1. Dr. Kierylo joins us from Athabasca University where, since 2014, she has taken on progressively more senior administrative roles, culminating in her 2019 appointment as associate vice-president, integrated planning and assessment. She has also worked with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as acting curator, Indigenous content.

Dr. Kierylo’s 12-year career in higher education has evidenced a commitment to lifelong learning and to open and collegial processes. With a BA and MA from the University of Waterloo, a PhD in history from Queen’s University and a more recent Certificate in College and University Administration from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Kierylo will be joining York University at a moment when evidence-based planning has never been more important.

The Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis (OIPA) supports integrated planning; enrolment and resource planning; research, analysis and surveys; and accountability and reporting across the entire institution. OIPA also supports the University’s Data Hub, offering reliable data to the public and to the York community through a range of portals. This highly collaborative role supports initiatives across the University and reports to the Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic.

This is an important and exciting time in York’s evolution as we turn ever more attention to data governance, strategic enrolment management and academic resource planning, prepare for the opening of our new Markham Campus, and continue to advance the goals of the University Academic Plan 2020-2025: Building a Better Future.

We would like to thank the members of the search committee for their contributions to this important process.

We know that all members of the University will join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Kierylo.


Lisa Philipps
Provost and Vice-President Academic