Monday, February 24, 2014
Dean Mayo Moran portrait

Dear Members of the Law School Community,

I wanted to let you know that I have been appointed the next Provost and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Trinity College. After more than two fantastic decades at our law school, it is hard to imagine being elsewhere. I am very excited about taking on this wonderful new challenge but of course my feelings are also very mixed. I look forward to the opportunity to thank all of you who have made this such an amazing shared journey and to celebrate the law school we love.

All the best,



The Faculty of Law congratulates Dean Mayo Moran, James Marshall Tory Professor of Law, on her appointment today as the 15th provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Dean Moran’s appointment is effective July 1, 2014.

“Mayo brings vitality, enthusiasm and a real sense of vocation to the provost role,” says The Hon. William C. Graham, chancellor of Trinity College, and law alumnus, Class of 1964. “Trinity is a college known for the excellence of our provosts and the calibre of our students. Mayo’s scholarship and collaborative approach position her to lead the next chapter of our growth as a global academic leader, while her love of students marries well with Trinity’s role as a place of educating people who will make a difference in the world.”

Trinity College was founded in 1851 as an Anglican-based institution, and entered into federation with the University of Toronto in 1904. Today, it's open to all denominations, and its entrance requirements are among the highest in Canada. Trinity has approximately 1,850 Arts and Science undergraduate students (a quarter of them from 60 countries around the world) and 140 Divinity graduate students. Alumni include filmmaker Atom Egoyan and writer Malcolm Gladwell.

Dean Moran joined the U of T Faculty of Law in 1995 and was appointed the dean in 2006. She led the redesign of many aspects of the law program, from recruitment and admissions to curriculum and wellness programs, with the goal of enhancing the student experience. In the process, U of T Law has gained international recognition as one of the world’s five best law schools (BrainTrack).

“We are delighted to congratulate Mayo Moran on her appointment as provost of Trinity College,” says Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto. “The impact of Mayo’s leadership at the Faculty of Law has been tremendous and I know she will bring her considerable talents and passion to Trinity College. On a personal note, Mayo is part of the University family and I am very pleased we will be able to continue to work together to build this great university.”

Under Dean Moran’s leadership, the Faculty of Law launched many innovative programs, such as the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights (the only Canadian Centre that brings constitutional law research, policy, advocacy and teaching together under one roof), the Centre for the Legal Profession, the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program and a new professional master's program, the Global Professional Master in Law.

Dean Moran adds: “One of the great joys of my role as dean has been supporting outstanding students who are committed to making the world a better place. Having taught in a first-rate professional school, I am excited by the prospect of working with the wonderful students that Trinity is rightly renowned for – both its undergraduate students and the Faculty of Divinity’s graduate students. I look forward to building upon Trinity’s tradition of attracting the very best students to U of T and providing them with the kind of education that enables them to make a real difference.”

Her strong relationships with students, alumni and faculty led to Dean Moran’s successful leadership of a $53-million campaign which included the design and construction of a new building (the Jackman Law Building) for the Faculty of Law, which broke ground in 2013.

Dean Moran teaches private and public law, supervises graduate students, and publishes extensively. She is a frequent guest lecturer and an active member of a number of committees both inside and outside U of T. Since 2007 Dean Moran has chaired the Independent Assessment Process Oversight Committee that assists in the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Agreement. In 2013, she was appointed to lead a review of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  

She will be stepping down as dean of the Faculty of Law on April 30, 2014.


Read the full media release.

Photo: Michelle Yee