UTM principal and U of T VP Deep Saini is looking to determine his priorities for the campus while on a  a six-month administrative leave following the announcement of his reappointment.

During his leave, Saini will focus on publishing his research and planning his next five-year term as principal of UTM.

“As a senior administrator, I am focusing on the future direction of UTM,” said Saini in a telephone interview with The Medium. “There are a lot of possibilities and I am trying to establish priorities for my next five years here as principal.”

Saini was appointed for a second five-year term as vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of UTM on February 26.

According to Saini, professors can take a one-year sabbatical after six or seven years of service. Administrators can take one year of administrative leave after working five years.

In Saini’s place, chemistry professor and UTM VP special initiatives Ulrich Krull was announced acting principal as of July 1.

When asked about his role as acting principal, Krull explained how different the job is from his regular administrative tasks and role of developing new programs and courses.

“I do not commonly have such extensive opportunities to meet and work with the students at UTM,” Krull stated in an email to The Medium. “I am always impressed with the energy, skills, and ‘joie de vivre’ that the students at UTM bring to their many broad activities and interests.”

Krull will step back into his role as VP special initiatives on January 1, 2016, after Saini returns to office.

This article has been corrected from the print edition. The photo was credited to Mahmoud Sarouji instead of Edward Cai. A notice will be printed in the September 14, 2015 issue.