Professor Jason Lisi has been appointed as the next Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) beginning on July 1, 2018. The announcement was recently made by Charles Falzon, Dean of Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD). Lisi, a regular contributor to Graphic Arts Magazine, started teaching at Ryerson in 2003. Prior to joining the university, he worked in the printing industry, primarily in pre-press and pre-media roles. During his time at GCM, he kept close ties with the industry, and continues to remain active in key areas of standards and specifications’ development. Lisi is currently the Canadian Head of Delegation for ISO TC 130, and serves as documentation officer for the Ghent Work Group. He’s also a Certified G7 Expert. As Director of Ryerson’s Print Media Research Centre, he’s been active in many areas of research that benefit the industry, and has had the pleasure of working with selected start-up companies looking to develop new technologies for the industry. Reflecting the importance of scholarly research, he’s raised over three million dollars of funding and equipment for the University’s School of Graphic Communications Management!
During his career, he’s taken on several responsibilities at GCM, including as Chair of the Curriculum Committee leading the development of a new curriculum. GCM will seek to continue to experience development and success under his leadership. The school would also like to thank Ian Baitz, the outgoing Chair, for leading GCM through the successes achieved during his tenure, which began in 2009. Over the past nine years, GCM has seen significant growth in student applications and enrollment, numerous equipment and curriculum updates, and many new initiatives to engage students with the printing and graphic communications industry. Following the conclusion of his appointment as Chair, Baitz will continue in his regular role as a full-time professor in GCM.
Ryerson’s GCM program is Canada’s leading post-secondary destination for future professionals in the printing and packaging industries. With state-of-the-art equipment, strong industry support, key industry connections (a vital component of the modern and flexible GCM curriculum), a vibrant student life, and the dedication of both faculty and staff, GCM has become the largest graphic communications school in North America and has gained an international reputation as a leading educational program for the industry. GCM is home to 640 full-time students and 30 full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Students learn concepts relating to all aspects of print production and management, and may optionally specialize in packaging, publishing, digital printing or print leadership.
(Editor’s note: My personal congratulations on behalf of Graphic Arts Magazine to both of these hard-working professionals and exemplary educators).