OCADU faculty, administration at odds over President’s renewal, curriculum expansion

October 10, 2014

Faculty and administration at OCAD University are apparently at loggerheads over the institution’s renewal of its President’s contract. OCADU’s senate, which consists primarily of faculty members, last week passed a vote of non-confidence in the Chair of the committee responsible for the decision to renew President Sara Diamond’s contract for a third term. “Everyone needs to trust the process and people did not trust the process,” said faculty association President Charles Reeve. Faculty and administration have been at odds since 2013, when administrative plans to restructure some faculties were met with resistance. Since Diamond’s tenure as President began, OCADU has been expanding its curriculum to include visual and critical studies and entrepreneurship education, and has grown to expand beyond the bounds of the iconic Sharp Centre building. Diamond said, “I genuinely think there was real friction between the senate and the board of governors and I can absolutely assure you that as President I take that very, very seriously … The kind of change that I have been leading across the institution has met with success and has been able to provide resources across all faculties.” Globe and Mail