First Annual Report, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, 1965

annualreport-230x300_watermarkedThe concept of an independent Ryerson was an objective which was quietly pursued for many years by the Institute’s founding principal, Howard Hillen Kerr. On a general level, a reorganization of the 15-year-old school was in order because of the increasing demand for graduates in technology and business and because of a need to ease the growing strain on universities. On a more practical level, the business of operating an educational institution with a projected enrolment of over 8,000 day and evening students, a staff of 200 teachers and property valued at $15 million was proving too onerous a responsibility for one individual, reporting directly to the government. In early 1963, William Davis, the new Minister of Education, accepted the report of an investigating committee and piloted the necessary legislation for the first Ryerson Act through the Ontario Legislature. Although the Act received its third reading in April, several reorganizational problems in the transfer of staff from the Civil Service Commission to the payroll of the Board of Governors and in the matter of grants for operating and capital expenditures delayed the proclamation of the bill until April 1, 1964. This date officially marked the first turning point in the Institute’s quest for maturity and self-determination.(Collection Record 4-7)