A profile of Professor Meric Gertler
U of T News
04 March 2013
Ph: University of Toronto
Professor Meric Gertler was named the 16th President of the University of Toronto. He currently serves as the Dean of the University of Toronto’s largest and most diverse academic division, the Faculty of Arts & Science, a position he has held since December 1, 2008.
Gertler is Professor of Geography and Planning, holds the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies at University College and was the founding co-director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He is one of the world's foremost urban theorists and policy practitioners, and is widely known as an expert on innovation, creativity and culture as drivers of the economic dynamism of city-regions.
As Dean of Arts & Science, Gertler has focused on providing students with a top quality academic experience in which they benefit directly from U of T’s strength and diversity in research and teaching. Since his term began, undergraduate education in the Faculty of Arts & Science has undergone a fundamental transformation. Today’s curriculum has a renewed emphasis on breadth in preparing global citizens and ensuring all students graduate with core competencies in critical thinking, writing, quantitative reasoning, problem solving and ethical awareness.
Gertler completed his undergraduate education at McMaster University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1977. He completed a master of City Planning degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1983. His doctoral thesis was entitled, Capital Dynamics and Regional Development.