Professor Stephen Toope, the 12th president of the University of British Columbia, will leave on June 30, 2014 to pursue academic and professional interests in international law and international relations, UBC Board of Governors Chair Bill Levine announced.
“Professor Toope’s accomplishments during his tenure as president have been truly outstanding,” said Levine. “His vision and passion for UBC are clearly visible through the development and implementation of his strategic vision, Place and Promise.”
Toope was named 12th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia on March 22, 2006 and began his second five-year term in July 2011.
Levine said under Toope’s guidance, UBC has been consistently ranked among the top 40 universities in the world, and has grown to over 55,000 students and nearly 14,000 faculty and staff, making it one of the largest employers in British Columbia. It has an operating budget in excess of two billion dollars a year and is one of the leading research universities globally, attracting over $500 million per year in research funding.
In 2012, Toope launched the $1.5 billion start an evolution fundraising campaign, one of the largest in Canadian university history, which passed the $1 billion dollar mark in January 2013.
When he leaves UBC, president Toope will have served the university for eight years. Levine noted ”it is very common among leaders of academic institutions to leave office early to pursue other interests.”
Stephen Toope stated he will be fully occupied with the UBC presidency and start an evolution until his departure. “I will focus all my energies on working to ensure UBC continues to fulfill its promise to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.”
Board chair Bill Levine said an international search for UBC’s 13th president will begin shortly with the establishment of a search committee that will include a broad representation from the university community.