Welcome from the Master

"They who heap up gold and silver do so to no profit without wisdom, but they who heap up wisdom no person can snatch it from their heart".

– Attributed to the (Ethiopian) Queen of Sheba

It is an honour and my pleasure to welcome you all to your College: Founders College.

Having been the first amongst the colleges on the Keele campus, the Founders Community, students, faculty and staff, and alumni alike, take pride in its many accomplishments since its inception in 1965. Those accomplishments have always been about the range of social, cultural and academic activities that have continually aimed at contributing to the educational success and enhancing personal experience of students at the University.

In a university as large as York, we like to feel that the college is a welcoming place, and your home away from home. We hope to see your experience at Founders reflecting the practice of the Founders motto, "Self, Culture and Society". The byword of this mandate is one that cultivates the personal growth of students within a culturally rich environment that identifies the broader well being of the diverse communities within York and beyond into the wider society.

In belonging to Founders you will be brought into contact with the Fellows of the College, many of whom have won prestigious university, provincial and academic awards for teaching and research. Their association with the college is because of their commitment to a broad community of learning and to a vibrant, open academic atmosphere, where you will find that if people are willing to talk, others will be willing to listen.

Founders has a most active student council. Your representative body of student government is central to the quality of life of the Founders community. Open to all, its officers serve a wide variety of students’ interest, and it embraces your participation.

We also invite you to be actively involved in the Founders Community and engage in those areas that interest you. As you face both the challenges and opportunities in what will be a special time in your life, the college is here to support you.

Once again, welcome to Founders College.

Professor Pablo Idahosa
Master, Founders College

Office: 216A Founders College
Telephone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20610
E-mail: pidahosa@yorku.ca