Board of Governors visit SoCS!
On April 20th, the School of Computer Science (SoCS) had the honor of hosting the Board of Governors (BOG) visit to the Reynolds Building, before the on-campus BOG meeting. The event was the first on-campus BOG event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first in-person event for some members since joining the BOG.
The Board of Governors (BOG), alongside the Senate, is responsible for the oversight of the University of Guelph’s governance, management and affairs, and normally meets four times each year. During the April 20th meeting, approximately a dozen members of the BOG, as well as several university staff members, visited the Reynolds Building. President Charlotte Yates was among the BOG visitors.
The visit ran very smoothly, commencing with an overview of the SoCS academic profile. Dr. David Calvert, Chair of the SoCS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, presented the undergraduate programs, while Dr. Ali Dehghantanha, MCTI Director, presented the SoCS faculty research and the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI) program. Dr. Yang Xiang, Acting Chair, acknowledged the university’s past support of SoCS, including the 2018 major renovation of the Reynolds Building, and briefed aspects of SoCS’ vision on future growth and the resources required to achieve these goals. According to Dr. Xiang, “board members asked questions on how MCTI program fares in the great Toronto region and were very interested in its impact and future”.
The overview was followed by a tour of the Reynolds Building, where BOG members were split into two groups; one half lead by Dr. Rozita Dara, and the other half lead by Dr. David Calvert. During the tour, BOG members and SoCS faculty members chatted casually on the history, 2018 renovation, and current limitations of the Reynolds Building. After the tour, BOG members met at the University Center for their regular board meeting.
A special thank you to Dr. Minglun Gong, Dr. Ali Dehghantanha, Dr. David Calvert, Dr. Yang Xiang, Dr. Rozita Dara, and Dana Rae for their contributions and efforts in making the Board of Governors visit to SoCS a success!