Provost Cheryl Misak will be re-appointed to her position until September 2013, according to a late December memo released by university president David Naylor.
The committee charged with examining Misak’s reappointment suggested a “multi-year flexible term,” deeming the retention of one of the university’s most senior administrators critically important while the search to replace outgoing U of T president Naylor is underway.
Instead of a multi-year term, though, the stopgap measure agreed upon by Naylor and Misak will install the provost in her position for eight more months. Subsequently, an interim provost will be appointed, and once the search for the next president is completed, he or she will hire a long-term replacement. This arrangement, said Naylor in a statement, will allow him “to work closely with the Interim Provost throughout this period and especially in the fall of 2013 as ‘the Misak safety net’ falls away.”
After serving out the remainder of her term, Misak is expected to accept posts at New York University and Cambridge University, where she will work on a major philosophical text.