Nona Robinson
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Dr. Nona Robinson named vice-provost students, York University

York University

KBRS is pleased to have assisted York University in the appointment of Dr. Nona Robinson as vice-provost, students, effective August 15, 2022.

The following is an excerpt from their recent announcement issued June 24, 2022.


Dear colleagues,

I am excited to announce that the search for the next vice-provost students has reached a successful conclusion.

The search committee undertook a national and international search which attracted excellent candidates for this key position in our University. Dr. Nona Robinson has been appointed to the position of vice-provost students effective Aug. 15, 2022.

Dr. Robinson comes to York from Trent University where, for the past 10 years, she has served as associate vice-president students. In that role, she overlooks that institution's student affairs and student services portfolios, including partnerships with student associations. In particular, she has led the creation of targeted supports for equity-deserving students, including those from racialized and Indigenous backgrounds, those with mental health needs and disabilities, and those who are the first in their families to attend university.

Prior to taking up her position at Trent, Dr. Robinson was coordinator of student life and then dean of students at the University of Toronto's University College. In her current and past roles, she has overseen capital projects; revised training, policies and procedures for all aspects of student life on campus; advised and collaborated with student groups and student leaders; and managed the full suite of student life and affairs services, including working with community partners on a range of access, inclusion and health care services.

Dr. Robinson holds a PhD from OISE, University of Toronto, where she focused her studies on the values informing student affairs practice, student leadership, postsecondary governance, strategic planning and financial and administrative management. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Robinson has made space in her work for teaching in the areas of ethics in educational practice, postsecondary issues and mediation and restorative justice practices.

The role of vice-provost students is a critical one at York, responsible for the provision of exemplary services to support and enhance the student experience across all campuses. The vice-provost students heads the Division of Students and is responsible for strategic leadership and planning in a diverse portfolio, encompassing university enrollment management, including the recruitment and admission of students both within Canada and internationally; working with Faculties to support all students to thrive at York academically and beyond; registrar functions and financial services; student community development, including the career center and counseling and accessibility services; and athletics and recreation; and, in all of the above, advancing the priorities set out in our University Academic Plan. 

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their contributions to this important process. I am deeply grateful to Lucy Fromowitz , who has more than ably served as vice-provost students since 2017 and who has left an indelible mark on the University and all who have worked with her. She will be missed.

I know that all members of the University will join me in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Robinson. I look forward to working with her in the coming years as a core member of the University's leadership team.

Lisa Philipps
Provost and Vice-President Academic