I offer a warm welcome back to returning and new members of the OCAD University community.  2018-19 was a year of many successes and I encourage you to review my 2018-19 in Review note to the community. 

In my last year as president my priorities are 1) to raise funds in partnership with our Chancellor, supportive volunteers, Development team and our Office of Research; 2) to continue our campaign with government to retrieve some elements of capital funding and operating budget support and negotiate our next Strategic Mandate Agreement, and to work with both federal and municipal governments for funding and policy support; 3) to ensure effective fiscal planning and future sustainability while we manage our $7.5 million fiscal challenge, and strengthen new forms of revenue (OCAD U CO and Continuing Studies); 4) to continue to strengthen our recruiting efforts and investment in student retention; 5) to support our ongoing efforts in capital planning; 6) to support the Flow academic planning that is underway (see note from VPA/Provost Dr. Langill); 7) and to assist in planning presidential transition.

OCAD University is now 144 years old. We are a resilient institution. We will find the means to build the new infrastructure that we need to better support our students and drive positive change. We will raise more philanthropic and public dollars, create new sources of income, and continue to effectively manage expenditures. We will make the changes that we need to sustain quality and fiscal health. We will continue to have a positive and lasting impact on culture, economy, and society in Toronto, Ontario and far beyond. Our students thrive, love the institution and as alumni, build successful careers and lives because of their education, talent and skills.  I hope to help us stay clear-sighted and work collaboratively to address the challenges and celebrate our successes over the year to come.  Have a wonderful 2019-20 year.

Warm regards,
Dr. Sara Diamond
President and Vice-Chancellor

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President's Message
Thursday September 5th, 2019

I offer a warm welcome back to returning and new members of the OCAD University community.  2018-19 was a year of many successes and I encourage you to review my 2018-19 in Review note to the community. 

In my last year as president my priorities are 1) to raise funds in partnership with our Chancellor, supportive volunteers, Development team and our Office of Research; 2) to continue our campaign with government to retrieve some elements of capital funding and operating budget support and negotiate our next Strategic Mandate Agreement, and to work with both federal and municipal governments for funding and policy support; 3) to ensure effective fiscal planning and future sustainability while we manage our $7.5 million fiscal challenge, and strengthen new forms of revenue (OCAD U CO and Continuing Studies); 4) to continue to strengthen our recruiting efforts and investment in student retention; 5) to support our ongoing efforts in capital planning; 6) to support the Flow academic planning that is underway (see note from VPA/Provost Dr. Langill); 7) and to assist in planning presidential transition.

OCAD University is now 144 years old. We are a resilient institution. We will find the means to build the new infrastructure that we need to better support our students and drive positive change. We will raise more philanthropic and public dollars, create new sources of income, and continue to effectively manage expenditures. We will make the changes that we need to sustain quality and fiscal health. We will continue to have a positive and lasting impact on culture, economy, and society in Toronto, Ontario and far beyond. Our students thrive, love the institution and as alumni, build successful careers and lives because of their education, talent and skills.  I hope to help us stay clear-sighted and work collaboratively to address the challenges and celebrate our successes over the year to come.  Have a wonderful 2019-20 year.

Warm regards,
Dr. Sara Diamond
President and Vice-Chancellor

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