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Blewett, George John

  • Person
  • 1873-1912

George John Blewett was a student and professor at Victoria. He graduated from Victoria in 1897 and went on to do graduate and postgraduate studies at many institutions including the University of Würzburg, Harvard University, Oxford, and Cambridge.

Blewett was born in Yarmouth Township, ON in 1873, raised in St. Thomas, ON, and died at Go Home Bay, ON in 1912 in a drowning accident. He married another Victoria graduate (Clara Marcia Woodsworth) in 1906 and they had a son and a daughter. Another son passed away in infancy.

Blewett won many prizes at Victoria as a student, including:
E. J. Sanford Gold Medal in Philosophy
Aberdeen Silver Medal
The Governor-General's Gold Medal (Philosophy and English, 4th yr.)

As a professor, Blewett held the following positions at Victoria:
Ryerson Professor of Ethics and Apologetics, 1906-1912
Ryerson Professor of Ethics, 1907-1912

Wilson, John

  • Person

John Wilson was a Professor at Victoria, 1848-1899. He held the following positions:
Professor of Latin and Greek, 1848-1849
Professor of Latin and Greek, 1852-1853
Professor of Classical Literature, 1853-1856
Professor of Latin and Greek, 1856-1872
Professor of Latin and Greek; Professor of Biblical Criticism and Antiquities; Professor of Exegesis and Literature of the New Testament, 1872-1887
Professor of Latin and Greek; Professor of Exegesis and Literature of the New Testament, 1887-1889
Professor Emeritus of Latin and Greek, 1897-1899

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Philalethic Society

  • Corporate body
  • [ca. 1839]-1842

The Society was active from at least ca. 1839 to 1841 as a student society of Upper Canada Academy, and in 1842 of Victoria College. In vol 1 no 1 of Society's publication, "The Philomath." it gives the following summary of the Philalethic Society: "The Philalethic Society as the name clearly signifies, was established for the discovery and promotion of Truth. Its existence is not only antecedent to the Charter of Victoria College but its foundation may almost be said to have been laid with that of the noble edifice; and whilst U.C. Academy was struggling through the vale of obscurity to the attainment of a nobler name, and more conspicuous situation in the literary world; the operations of this first regularly organized literary club were felt and appreciated and known in the public account of the Institution."

The early minutes of the society shows that their primary function was to hold regular debates on various topics.

Temple, Carolyn

  • Person
  • 1911-2000

Carolyn Temple was a graduate of Victoria College (Class of 1933) who was active in Class of 1933 alumni activities.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue

  • Corporate body
  • 1874-

The Committee was formed to stage the Bob Revue, an annual presentation in honour of Robert Beare. Bob Beare was a janitor at Victoria and a friend to students. Beginning in 1874 he would invite the freshmen class to meet the rest of the college and out of this evolved the Bob Revue. The Revue was put on by the sophomore class and aimed its barbs at freshmen. It was considered as part of orientation to campus life.

The Bob Revue was traditionally an all male production and in 1949 the Scarlet and Gold revue was created as a co-ed musical revue. Scarlet and Gold co-existed with the Bob for two years (1949 and 1950) before it merged with the Bob in 1951 and the Bob officially became co-ed.

The Bob Revue operates under the Arts and Culture Commission, part of the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council (VUSAC).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Property Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1927-1954, 1992-

In 1927, a committee consisting of Mr. F.H. Deacon, Mr. J.R.L. Starr and Mr. G.H. Locke and later Chancellor Bowles, was appointed as a Property Committee to ‘keep an outlook and advise the Board on properties which can be obtained which it might seem wise that the Board should purchase’. To this Committee was also referred the method of administering the property of the College and also had power to make necessary building repairs. In 1954, the Property Committee merged with the Finance Committee to form the Finance and Property Committee. In 1985, The Finance and Property Committee became the Financial Management and Planning Committee. The Property Committee was one of 3 sub-committee to this Committee (along with the Budget and Investment Committees). In 1992, By-Law No. 1 was amended and the Financial Management and Planning Committee was dissolved and it's sub-committees became Standing Committees. The new Property Committee had responsibility for all matters pertaining to the use, maintenance and improvement of the University's buildings, grounds and other real assets. It was also tasked with developing long-term plans for capital improvements in the University's buildings, facilities and lands.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Residence Council

  • Corporate body

The Residence Council was made up of members, including the Dean of Men and members from the residence houses, who were responsible for all matters of general concern to the whole men’s residence, including acquisition of art, residence athletic programmes, social events, supervision of seminars and other intellectual activities, and relations with the administration.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Executive Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1890-

The Executive Committee held it's first meeting on October 23, 1890 and was appointed by the Board of Regents to complete the federation with the University of Toronto. The Committee was reorganized in 1914, when the powers of the Buildings and Grounds, Faculty, and Finance Committees were absorbed. The Bursar acted as Secretary.

The Executive Committee has the power and authority to coordinate management of the University's resources, including planning for its future development. The Executive Committee has authority to act for the Board in relation to all matters arising between regular meetings of the Board. The Chairman of the Board of Regents is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Women's Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1932-1952

In 1932, after the Board of Regents hired a warden to take over the administration of residences from the Committee of Management (they had already lost financial control of the residences in 1920), the focus changed and the Committee merged into the Women’s Council. The first meeting was held on June 28th, 1932. The Women's Council acted as an advisory committee to the Dean of Women, administered bequests for needy students and the Tennis Fund, and aided in projects such as the Wymilwood Sunday Evening Concerts, the Wymilwood Reading Room, etc. In 1947, recommendations were made that the Women's Council be asked re-organize itself and serve the University by supporting women's organizations on campus - thus losing all control over residences (The Women's Residence Committee, a standing committee of the Board was established in 1948 with 2 members of the Women's Council ). The Women's Council was disbanded in 1952

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Library Building Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1908-1911

In 1908, a gift from Cyrus A. Birge and Andrew Carnegie made it possible to secure a library for Victoria University. A Library Building Committee was established that same year and given authority to employ and architect and consider a ground plan and specific library building plans. The Committee arranged for the construction and the necessary financial provisions. The Members of the Library Building Committee were Chancellor Burwash, Vice-Chancellor McLaren, C.C. James, J.R.L. Starr and A.E. Ames, Dr. Wallace, Professor A.E. Lang (Librarian), and Dr. Withrow.
Prior to this, the Property Committee had been acting as a library committee of the Board.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents House Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1907-1921

The House Committee was a standing committee of Board of Regents from 1907 until 1921. The committee was concerned with overseeing and payment for small repairs, purchasing of supplies and furniture, utilities, cleaning and janitorial services for the University's buildings.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Building Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1890-

The first meeting of the Building Committee was held in Toronto on October 24, 1890. Victoria University has just received permission from the Minister of Education to take possession of a site in Toronto for the purpose of proceeding with the erection of buildings. At the second meeting, the architect W.G. Storm presented the plans for the main building for the new Toronto site of Victoria University (Old Vic Building). The Committee had authority over contracts with architects and builders, over plans for sites, use of College grounds and repairs. In 1907, the committee changed it's name to the Building and Grounds Committee.

The Building and Endowment Fund Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1886-1920

The Committee was formed in 1886 and included representation of the Secretary for the Methodist Church Educational Society.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Library Expansion Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1958-1961

The Library Expansion Committee was created in 1958 on recommendation of the Building Committee of the Board of Regents; it was responsible for studying and reporting plans for providing additional library facilities, academic offices and seminar rooms, and was to have regard for the location of the United Church Archives and for the sighting of future buildings on the campus. The Committee submitted its report, which recommended the construction of a new library building, in 1959.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Space Use Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1971-

In 1971, the Campus Centre Committee was reconstituted to become the Space Use Committee and was tasked with examining the problems with space on campus as the student population grew. The Committee was divided into 5 sub-committees designated Academic, Library, Recreation and Services, Inventory of Space and Technical Services. Each committee examined its area of concern and reported back to the main committee with its findings and recommendations. They were asked to examine the solution to the problems of space.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Finance and Property Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1954-1985

The Finance and Property Committee was established in 1954 as a result of the merger of the Property Committee and the Finance Committee. The Bursar served as Secretary. In 1985 with the amendment to the By-Law One, the Finance and Property Committee became the Financial Management and Planning Committee. This Committee had power and authority to manage the University's resources, to oversee its budget and accounting processes, and plan for it's future development. The Committee was made up of the following sub-committees: Investment Committee, Budget Committee and Property Committee and was also responsible for review of the budget of the Residences and Services Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Investment Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1893-1904, 1960-

An Investment Committee was first appointed at the Board meeting of May 4, 1893. Members were Dr. Burwash, Dr. Potts, Mr. Massey, Mr.Gooderham, Mr. Walker and Cosen. They first reported to the Board of Regents that year and continued to report until 1904. After that period, the Finance Committee made decisions over investments as well as its successor, the Finance and Property Committee. In 1960, the Investment Committee was re-established as a sub-committee of the Finance and Property Committee (later the Financial Management and Planning Committee). In 1992, the Investment Committee was made a standing committee to the Board of Regents distinct from the Financial Management and Planning Committee. Its purpose is to determine how funds belonging to the Endowment of Victoria University are to be invested as well as providing advice to the Board of Regents concerning investment activities.

The Strand

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1955-

The Strand is the student newspaper of Victoria University. Its twenty-fifth anniversary was celebrated in 1983, however there were issues published from ca. 1955; a forerunner, Vic Strands, was published by the Victoria College Union Council, 1952-1954. The Strand is published during the academic year by a Board of Directors, and is mandated to purvey news about Victoria University, as well as topics of interest to the student community, and to furnish relevant editorial commentary.

Past Editors include [partial list]:
Quintin Lang 1979-1980
Hilary Williams 1990-1991
Matt Wood 1991-1992
G. Bruce Rolston 1992-1993
Steven Beattie 1993-1994
Caley Feldman 1994-1995

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty

  • Corporate body
  • 1847-1917

The Victoria University Faculty consisted of the members of the teaching staff who conducted formal meetings. In the early years of Victoria they met to discuss student grades and discipline, classes, schedules, rules and regulations, and other administrative functions of Victoria. Their responsibilities were quite broad and currently are shared between different administrative bodies including the Council, Senate, Registrar, and Dean's Office. The formation of this group was not required by the Victoria University Act.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Plans and Building Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-1932

The Plans and Buildings Committee was established in 1928 in order to oversee new building projects. The Board saw a need of new buildings, particularly a divinity hall and residence for Emmanuel College, increased women's residence accommodations and a chapel. The Plans and Buildings Committee met and consulted with architects, reviewed plans, and oversaw the construction. At the same time, a Campaign Committee was established to raise funds for the building projects. Funds were raised through the campaign fund and sale of subscriptions.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Task Force Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-1976

In 1972, Manufacturer's Life Insurance Company (Manulife) approached the University regarding a development project for the eastern end of the campus bounded by Sultan Street, St. Thomas Street and Charles Street.. The project required Vic supplying land and Manulife supplying development capital and all of the expertise and management necessary to bring such a project into being. The Board of Regents, set up the Task Force on the Charles Street lands in 1973 to look into the proposed development described above (Initially the Property Sub-Committee was looking into the issue). The initial Task Force consisted of representatives from Manulife and the University. Manulife pulled out on the plan in early 1973, but the University decided that they weren’t going to abandon the property development ideas, just the particular project with Manulife. The Task Force was then made a committee of the Board to carry out forward planning of matters of interest to Victoria University. The first meeting of the Committee was held on March 13, 1973. They hired consultants, architects, held community meetings and engaged with the City planning department.
In 1974, the City declared intent to dezone area from Sherbourne to Queen’s Park to maintain existing level of residential housing. The University protested this plan and the Task Force agreed that the University should collaborate with the other proprietors in the area in trying to maintain the existing zoning "intention to retain some flexibility in the use of our lands."The University hired legal representation and consultants on how to deal with the City. Consultants reported to the Task Force that the Planning Commissioner was prepared to recommend the exemptions of Sultan Street to St. Thomas Street from the City Council’s general plans for this sector of the City.
The Task Force then considered Victoria’s position vis-à-vis the plans of the City for the Charles Street area. Mr. Trueman of the City planning department had been invited to explain the manner in which the new city by-law had changed the permitted uses of our property. Mr. Trueman indicated that there was some flexibility in the planning regulations at this time and that the Planning Department would be pleased to receive proposals for the use of the land and would assist in the planning if requested to do so. The Committee felt that the future plans of the adjacent owners should be investigated and then a decision made on whether or not the properties should be leased or sold (March 18, 1976).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Centenary Fund Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1938-1942

The Centenary Fund Committee was established in 1938. Activities of the committee included publicity, church relations, preparation of lists and canvasing. The work of the Committee was “not to conduct an intensive ‘campaign’ for a short time, but a quiet and widespread presentation of the needs of Victoria over a longer period, probably from two to five years.” In order to avoid any misunderstanding, the word ‘campaign’ was dropped from the name of the Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Campaign Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-1938, 1984-1987

In 1928, the Board of Regents saw the growing need for new buildings, particularly a divinity hall and residence for Emmanuel College, increased women's residence accommodations and a chapel. In order to fund these building projects, a Campaign Committee was established in order to overseeing fundraising activities. Funds were raised through the Campaign Fund and sale of subscriptions. The Campaign Committee coordinated the sale of subscriptions of sub-committees and other entities such as the Special Names Committee, the Emmanuel College Alumni, Victoria College Alumni and Alumnae, and the United Church General Council.
In 1984, the Committee on External Relations and Development proposed a capital campaign to coincide with the University's Sesquicentennial. The recommended that a committee be established (President's Committee) to oversee this campaign and that this Committee be establish a 10-year capital campaign program. In 1986, President French reported to the Board that the "Renewing the Heritage" Campaign had a goal to raise $1.7 million dollars.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Financial Management and Planning Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1985-1992

The Financial Management and Planning Committee was a standing committee of the Board of Regents from 1985 until 1992. It was the successor the Finance and Property Committee and comprised of 3 sub-committees: The Budget, Investment and Property Committees. The Committee was tasked with preparing and revising annually 5-year projections of income, operating and capital expenditures on the basis of data provided by the sub-committees as well as the Residences and Services Committee. In 1992, a motion was passed to amend By-Law One to end this committee and to make the sub-committees their own standing committees.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Planning Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1949-1966

The Planning Committee of the Board of Regents was established in 1950 in order to "study, develop and report on a master plan covering a) requirements for a new dining hall for the women's students ; b) for the replacement of facilities in the Wymilwood Women's Student Union ; c) to give further study to the Library Building situation ; and d) such additional building requirements or improvements as might be required over the next ten or fifteen years." The first Chairman of the Committee was Wilfred C. James. In June of 1950, the Planning Committee made a recommendation that a [Wymilwood] Building Committee be established to address issues around the replacement of the Wymilwood Student Union (Wymilwood had been sold to U of T). In 1955, the Planning Committee was appointed by the Finance and Property Committee to survey and study present facilities, buildings and grounds, and to determine what additional accommodations or extensions of facilities would be required based on projections of increases in enrollment.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Wymilwood Building Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1950-1954

In 1949 the Board of Regents made the decision to surrender the lease of 84 Queen’s Park (Wymilwood) to the University of Toronto. The agreement allowed Victoria University to retain the rights to the name Wymilwood and plans were put in place to build a new student union under that name. In 1950, the Planning Committee recommended that the Wymilwood Building Committee be established and put in charge of overseeing the project. The Wymilwood Building Committee recommended the appointment of Fleury and Arthur Architects to design the ‘new’ Wymilwood. In 1951 a sub-committee was established to look after furnishing the new building. The cornerstone for the building was also laid that year.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Assets Management Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-1985

The Assets Management Committee was established in April 1983 as an ad-hoc committee for a trial two year period to co-ordinate the policies of the Finance and Property Committees sub-committees: Investment, Budget, and Property, as well as the Residences and Services Committees in the light of Victoria’s overall financial position. They were tasked with formulating a long-range strategy for conserving, utilizing and increasing the University’s assets. In 1985, an ad-hoc committee that was studying the role of the Assets Management Committee and the Finance and Property Committee, made a recommendation that both these committees be discontinued and replaced with the Financial Management and Planning Committee and sub-committees.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Annesley Hall Renovations Sub-Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1987-1988

In May of 1987, the Residences and Services Committee agreed on membership for a Subcommittee on Annesley Renovations which would meet to take architectural advice, and make recommendations on the future of Annesley Hall. The building had been found to need major repairs and upgrades to meet fire and safety standards. Renovations took place over the summer of 1988. The Bursar looked after the financial arrangements for the project and the Committee looked after the architectural details, security and fire safety arrangements.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Burwash Hall and Men’s Residence Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1924-1955

The Committee was established 1924. The Committee had responsibility for the general supervision of the residences on behalf of the Board. They looked after financial matters, property and Physical Plant, supervision of Residence personnel, admissions and student life in the residence. In 1955 the Committee merged with the Women’s Residence Committee to form the Committee on Residences and Services

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Campus Life Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1955-

The Committee was formed in 1955 as the Committee on Residences and Services, merging the Women’s Residence Committee and the Burwash Hall and Men’s Residence Committee; it had the responsibility of operating the staff and students’ residences, providing facilities and services and maintaining the movable property and equipment. The members of the committee included the following: the President of Victoria University (Chairman), 3 student members chosen from the Men's Residence, the Women's Residence and the general student body, as well as the Bursar (Secretary), 3 members of the teaching staff, the Dean of Men and the Dean of Women, and the Bursar, who served as Secretary. In 2005 the Committee was re–named the Campus Life Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Public Relations Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1950-1978

The Public Relations Committee was formed in 1950 to study means and methods for raising funds for the University and consider the whole question of public relations at the University. In the Board minutes of November 16, 1978, it was noted that the Committee had had difficulty in defining an effective role for itself and as a result a motion was put forward to amend the By-Law and change the name and terms of reference of the Public Relations Committee to the Committee on External Relations and Development.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Revision Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-1975, 1979-1981

The first Committee was established in 1974 to prepare a report on changes necessary to update the Victoria University Act 1951; in 1979 an ad hoc Committee was assigned this responsibility—its report resulted in the 1981 University Act.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Committee to Study the University Act 1944

  • Corporate body
  • 1949-1950

In January of 1949, a Committee on Legislation was appointed as a result of several questions that had been raised by Emmanuel College alumni. The Committee met 5 times and discussed if changes to the Victoria University Act 1944 could address the questions of the alumni. The Committee submitted recommendations in February of 1950 and noted that changes to the legislation would require considerable study by committee. A memo was also submitted with proposed changes to the Act of 1944. A Special meeting was held on February 9, 1950 to discuss the report that had been submitted. It was decided to send the report back to the Committee to continue work. In June of 1950, the Committee presented a draft of the Bill and some changes were approved. Discussion and work continued on changes to the By-Laws. At the October 19, 1950 meetin, the Committee presented it's final recommendations and was discharged from its duties. It was decided that the Draft Act would be sent to all members of the Board, the Senate and College Councils for comment (this would be done by the President and Dean).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Burwash Memorial Lectureship Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1913-1936

In 1913, a joint committee of The Ministry and Membership of the Methodist Church of Canada and lay graduates of Victoria University requested a fund be set up for a course of lectures to perpetuate the memory of the Rev. Nathanael Burwash (who had just retired) and to secure 'for future years an agency by which the truths, studies and causes in which he [Burwash] has been interested...'. In 1913, $5000 was transferred into the fund to found the lecture series. Initially, the Executive Committee was authorized to make provisions for the management of the Fund. In 1919, it was recommended that members of the faculty join the members of the Executive Committee in making arrangements for filling the lectureship. The inaugural Lecture was held in 1917. In 1923, The Burwash Memorial Lectureship Committee was established to choose the subject and lecturer for lectures. The President acted as the Chairman. The lectures were held irregularly - 1917, 1923, 1928, 1931. In 1930, the Senate requested to share responsibility for the lectureship. At the Board meeting of February 5, 1931, the terms of reference for the Committee were given and it was noted that the Committee would consist of Board members as well as a number of appointed members from the Senate. In 1935, a sub-committee of the Centenary Committee made arrangements for the Burwash Memorial Lectures.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Centenary Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1931-1936

The Centenary Committee had been appointed by the Senate on May 1, 1931. The Board of Regents was asked to approve the appointment. The Committee recommended to the Board and to the Senate that on June 7th, 1932, the centenary of the laying of the corner stone of the Upper Canada Academy in Cobourg, a pilgrimage to Cobourg be undertaken in celebration. A sub-committee was appointed to make arrangements for the event. In April of 1935, the Committee presented an interim report, outlining proposals for the celebration to be held in October of 1936.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Installation Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1929-1931

In 1929, the Board of Regents appointed a special committee to "consider the resignation of Chancellor Bowles and to recommend appropriate action with reference thereto and to consider and recommend a successor so that Chancellor Bowles may be relieved of his duties and responsibilities as soon as possible." The Special Committee also considered the appointment of a new Chancellor and recommended to the Board the appointment of Dr. Edward Wallace as the Chancellor and President. The Chairman was then asked to appoint a Committee to arrange for the Installation of the new President and the retirement of Chancellor Bowles. The events organized by the Committee fell on January 30th and January 31st of 1930/.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Steering Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-1973

The Steering Committee was established in 1972 as an ad-hoc committee and was made up of 4 sub-committees: Library (long-term role), Finance, Academic and Real Estate Development and Non-Academic Areas. The terms of reference of the Committee was to consider the short and long range financial and developmental situation of Victoria University in the four areas. The Committee looked at policies, governing structures and relationships with U of T and the United Church and the the problems facing the University.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Joint Committee on Art

  • Corporate body
  • 1948-1950

In 1948, the Board of Regents received a letter from the Senate of Victoria University requesting that the Board set aside a sum of money annually to be expended from time to time on portraits and other works of art and that a joint committee of the Board and Senate be set u, whose duty it would be to recommend the securing of portraits and other works of art, and that the disposition of all portraits and works of art in the College halls would be made on the report of such committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Committee appointed to nominate a Chancellor

  • Corporate body
  • 1944-

Prior to 1944, the Executive Committee made recommendations for the appointment of the position of Chancellor and President. In 1944, following the Victoria University Act, 1944 and the resignation of W.T. Brown as Chancellor (he remained President), the Executive Committee moved that a sub-committee by appointed to present a nomination for the office of Chancellor. In 1951, the Executive Committee again appointed a committee to nominate a chancellor. In 1960, the President asked for a review of the position of Chancellor and a committee was formed to study the role of the Chancellor: “The President stated that the term of the present Chancellor would expire in about a year and half and that he considered it very worthwhile to have a special committee appointed to study and examine the office of the Chancellor, together with the duties and responsibilities which attach thereto (Board of Regents Minutes October 20, 1960).” In 1974, the Executive Committee was again asked to look into the matter of the appointment of a Chancellor. In 1975, the President proposed that an ad-hoc Committee to review the Chancellorship be established (Committee on the Chancellorship). The Committee was to look at the exact role of Chancellor and what type of person would enhance the position and the University. In 1978 the Committee on the Chancellorship reported to the Board that they believed that there should again be a Chancellor and they proposed Northrop Frye for the position. The Advisory Committee to Appoint a Chancellor was again struck in 1991 following Frye's death and again in 1997 as the Chancellorship Committee.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-

The Office of Principal was created in 1928, when Victoria College was established to supersede the former Faculty of Arts headed by a Dean. The Principal continued to oversee the arts programme at Victoria and to serve on University of Toronto academic committees, and also acted as chair and chief administrative officer of the newly created Victoria College Council. In 1944, the name of the office was changed to Dean, but it reverted to Principal in 1951. The first men to hold office, R. P. Bowles (1928–1930) and E. W. Wallace (1930-1932), held it in addition to their positions as President and Chancellor of Victoria University. The Principal's Office became more distinct during the incumbency of W. T. Brown (1932-1944), who also served as President after 1941, and especially during the term of H. Bennett (1944-1959). These two men carried out their duties of office on a part–time basis, while continuing to teach a reduced load of courses.

The Principal's Office in recent times has been served by a succession of accomplished scholars on the teaching staff of Victoria College including Northrop Frye, Professor of English, who served as Principal during 1959–1966. While Frye was on sabbatical leave during the 1964-1965 academic year, Professor Kingsley J. Joblin acted as Principal. After Frye's term ended in 1966, President A. B. B. Moore acted in this capacity until a new Principal was appointed in 1967. John E. Hodgetts (1967-1971), a distinguished political scientist, officiated during a period of rising expectations and increasing involvement by students in university government. This period, inaugurated by the 1967 "MacPherson Report", saw the end of the old Honour and General Courses, and the introduction of a New Programme which allowed students more freedom to design their own courses of study. Hodgetts was appointed President in 1970, and the following year relinquished the Principalship to John M. Robson (1971-1976), Professor of English and General Editor of the John Stuart Mill Project. Robson officiated during one of the most crucial periods in the relationship between the U. of T. and its federated colleges. In 1974, Victoria signed the Memorandum of Agreement, which removed the base of academic decision–making from college departments and centralized it in newly created U. of T. Departments. His successor, classicist Gordon L. Keyes (1976-1981), had to deal with issues arising from the Agreement. He coordinated Victoria College's input and response to the work of the "Kelly Committee", which published its review of the undergraduate curriculum in 1980. Alexandra Johnston (1981-1991), English Professor as well as General Editor of the Records of Early English Drama, was the first woman appointed to the Principal's Office and served two full terms; she then returned as Acting Principal in 2003-2004, when David Cook was on leave.

Although the main functions of office remained the same through all of these terms, the 1960's saw the first in a series of structural changes to the relationship between the University of Toronto and its federated colleges. These changes, especially the 1974 Memorandum of Agreement, which centralized academic programming in U. of T. Departments, altered the ways in which recent Principals have carried out their official functions.

List of Principals:

  • Richard Pinch Bowles 1928-1930
  • Edward Wilson Wallace 1930-1932
  • Walter T. Brown 1932-1941
  • Harold Bennett 1941-1959
  • H. Northrop Frye 1959-1966
  • John Edwin Hodgetts 1967-1970
  • John Mercel Robson 1971-1976
  • Gordon Lincoln Keyes 1976-1981
  • Alexandra Ferguson Johnston 1981-1991
  • William J. Callahan 1991-2000
  • David B. Cook 2000-2012
  • Angela Esterhammer 2012-

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal’s Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-

The Principal's Office was created in 1928 when Emmanuel College was founded. The College was established as a result of the formation of The United Church of Canada in 1925 and formed with the intention of continuing the tradition of theological education established earlier by Canadian Methodists and Presbyterians. The Principal is head of the College, and thus responsible for its academic program, life and work.

List of Principals:
Alfred Gandier (1928-1932)
Richard Davidson (1932-1943)
Frederick Langford (1943-1945)
Alexander Dawson Matheson (1945-1956)
Kenneth Harrington Cousland (1956-1963)
Earl S. Lautenschlager (1963-1971)
William O. Fennell (1971-1981)
Douglas Jay (1981-1990)
John Hoffman (1990-1996)
Roger Hutchinson (1996-2001)
Samuel Peter Wyatt (2001-2008)
Mark G. Toulouse (2009-2017)
Phyllis D. Airhart (Interim - 2017-2018)
Michelle Voss Roberts (2018-2021)
John H. Young (Interim - 2021-2022)

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). First House

  • Corporate body
  • 1931-

First House is one of the Lower Houses in Burwash Hall along with Bowles-Gandier, Caven, and Nelles Houses, which were constructed in 1931, named in 1936, and renovated in 1995.

Known as First House when it was built, the name was changed to Ryerson House in 1936. In 2021, the name was changed back to First House.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Nelles House

  • Corporate body
  • 1931-

Nelles House was one of the Lower Houses in Burwash Hall along with First, Caven, and Bowles-Gandier Houses, which were constructed in 1931, named in 1936, and renovated in 1995.

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