I will be stepping down as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia at the end of June 2014, after serving for eight years in what has been an inspiring and rewarding position.
Since joining the University in 2006, I have been daily reaffirmed in my sense that UBC is a unique and remarkable place, filled with dedicated and talented students, professors and staff members who work tirelessly to further human knowledge and make the world better. We are also blessed with a committed group of alumni(ae) who contribute to societies around the globe.
My choice to step down is personal and relates to my desire to work over the next few years in a role more closely connected to my academic and professional interests in international law and international relations. The University is in a remarkably strong position in Canada and globally, and I have no doubt that it will remain on a steep upward trajectory in the years to come.
I give this notice to allow the Board of Governors time to launch a search for a successor to lead a great university. Now is not the time for valedictory remarks as I will be fully occupied with the presidency for another academic year. I look forward to working with you to ensure that UBC continues to fulfill its promise to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.
Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor