U of T has announced that Ellen Hodnett will serve a three-year term as the next University Ombudsperson, starting July 1, 2015. Hodnett’s appointment concluded a review of the Ombuds Office that began in October 2014. The review committee found that the U of T Ombuds Office was a responsive and effective resource for the impartial resolution of complaints and an invaluable source of highly credible advice on the improvement of the University’s policies, processes, and outcomes.
The committee also thanked Joan Foley for six years of service in the role, noting that, "Her service as University Ombudsperson is the capstone of a lengthy and distinguished career at the University of Toronto which began in 1963. Her legacy will have a lasting impact on the fabric of the institution."
Ellen Hodnett is a Professor Emeritus in Nursing. She has been a member of the U of T faculty for 40 years and has held many academic, administrative and leadership position, including service as the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Chair of the Academic Board. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Hodnett graduated Georgetown Universityand earned an MS from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. (U Of T Provost Announcement.)
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