John Austin, Executive Director, Student Affairs, Ryerson University

John Austin holds an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University in New York City.  His 24-year career in Student Affairs has been at a mix of specialized performing arts schools such as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Canada’s National Ballet School and large traditional post-secondary institutions such as the University of North Carolina and New York University. John currently serves as the Executive Director, Student Affairs at Ryerson University where he has responsibility for 6 departments:  Housing and Residence Life, Student Life, Student Learning Support, Student Health & Wellness, the Ryerson Career Centre, and Special Projects (which houses the award-winning RU Student Life and #RyersonSA Creative). He has great interests in social justice, change management, fundraising, and Student Affairs innovations.  The focus of his doctoral research resulted in the dissertation topic, “Leading Learning in the Arts:  Skills and Competencies of Performing Arts School Leaders”. You can find him on Twitter at @RyersonJohn.