Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the people of Scarborough—Rouge Park, I am thrilled to welcome Professor Wisdom Tettey as the eleventh principal of the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.
Born and raised in Ghana, Professor Tettey completed his Ph.D. at Queen's University and has held academic positions at Queen's, the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. At the Okanagan Campus, he was the main instrumental figure in the development of a five-year strategic plan and the indigenization of UBC's curriculum.
Professor Tettey is an expert in African studies and has several publications on media, politics, civic engagement, the African diaspora and the brain drain from the continent. He was the lead investigator for the World Bank and has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
I recently met Professor Tettey and was truly impressed by him and his commitment to research, academic freedom, equity, students and reconciliation. Principal Tettey becomes the first black principal at UTSC.