Toronto, July 3, 2012 – After more than three decades of service to Seneca College, retiring Senior Vice-President Cindy Hazell was named the first Seneca Professor Emeritus.
The distinguished honour was bestowed upon Professor Emeritus Hazell during Seneca’s final spring 2012 convocation ceremony on June 28. The life-long title symbolizes the enormous respect she has earned from her colleagues and the tremendous contribution she has made to the field of post-secondary education and to Seneca. It brings with it an expectation that Professor Emeritus Hazell’s long-standing association with the College will continue and provides her with, among other privileges, the opportunity to participate as a member of the platform party in future convocation ceremonies.
Professor Emeritus Hazell was selected as the first recipient of the honour because of her deep dedication to the College’s teaching and learning mission, her extraordinary commitment to students, and her selfless devotion to Seneca.
“What a fitting way for Cindy Hazell to cap her wonderful 32-year career at Seneca,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “Cindy has hired, mentored and supported hundreds of professors, chairs, deans and staff. And most importantly, tens of thousands of students have had the privilege of attending Seneca during her time at the College.”
Starting at Seneca as a professor (or teaching master, as the position was then called) in 1980, Hazell served in progressively more senior leadership positions including Chair of the Centre for Independent Learning, Executive Assistant to the President, Dean of Continuing Education, Dean of Business, Vice-President Academic and finally Senior Vice-President. As the chief academic officer at the College, she provided guidance, insight and leadership to the faculties and schools, Libraries and Registrar’s Office, and mentored many professors and administrators.
One of her most significant contributions has been as a member of the College-University Consortium Council, where she has been the voice for progressive credit transfer policies on behalf of college students in Ontario.
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