University of Cincinnati president leaves for Canadian post


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The president of the University of Cincinnati has been named to a similar post at the University of British Columbia.

Santa Ono, who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, has served as president of the University of Cincinnati since 2012.

He said in a statement Monday that it was a difficult decision but noted his father had served on the UBC faculty in Vancouver when he was born 54 years ago.

The 53-year-old Ono holds a biology degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in experimental medicine from McGill University. He is the son of a Japanese-born professor who taught math at UBC in the 1960s.

Board chairman Stuart Belkin praised Ono’s extraordinary life and accomplishments and said he was unanimously appointed to serve a five-year term as UBC president.

Ono served in various administrative posts at UC for several years before becoming president in 2012.

“My six years at the University of Cincinnati has been simply amazing,” he told a news conference in Vancouver. “I shall miss it dearly.”

Under Ono’s leadership, UC achieved its largest enrolment in school history and received numerous accolades, including being named Public University of the Year by the Washington Center.

Ono has also served in a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Schepens Eye Research Institute, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Inventors, and was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2015.

Ono and his wife Wendy Yip, also an accomplished scholar who he met while studying at Montreal’s McGill University, have two daughters.

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