UTAA president Carl Mitchell wants to get to know you better
Carl Mitchell, the newly elected president of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA), has returned to university life full speed over the last decade. The computer-science grad has served as treasurer on the UTAA Board of Directors, as a member of the industry advisory board for the department of computer science, and as a member of several awards committees. Mitchell (BSc 1984 St. Michael’s) was partially motivated to re-engage with U of T to promote the high quality of its computer-science program – especially against rival Waterloo. (He was the first computer graduate to donate to the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, which opened in 2002. A computer lab within the centre bears Mitchell’s name.)
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A software engineer after graduation, Mitchell is now a partner at the business advisory practice Barrington Capital Corp. Elected in June, he is still setting broad objectives for his tenure – including higher visibility for the association at university events and increased direct interaction with alumni. Mitchell aims to make U of T grads aware of the benefits of networking with an alumni association. “We have a number of highly skilled directors from a wide variety of backgrounds, and I don’t think the membership is aware of that,” he says.
Mitchell was born in Jamaica, but has spent almost his entire life in Toronto. He has been married to a fellow alum for 19 years, and they have two children, ages 11 and 14. So is Mitchell steering his kids toward a U of T education? “We’ve had them on campus tours a couple of times,” he says, “and I’m hoping for future alumni.”