Bissell, Claude Thomas
Claude Thomas Bissell, cultural administrator and author (b at Meaford, Ont 10 Feb 1916; d at Toronto 21 June 2000.). He was educated at Toronto public schools, University of Toronto (BA 1936, MA 1937) and Cornell (PhD 1940). He was president of Carleton University (1956-58), president of U of T (1958-71), and professor in the department of English at U of T 1973-83.
Claude Bissell's tenure as president at Toronto coincided with widespread agitation for a more democratic form of administration, and concluded with the adoption of a constitution that incorporated substantial student and staff representation. He placed great emphasis on the development of graduate studies and was largely responsible for the university's decision to build a major research library.
Bissell was the chairman of the Canada Council 1960-62, and the first Mackenzie King professor of Canadian studies at Harvard 1967-68. He is the author of The Strength of the University (1968), Halfway up Parnassus (1974), The Humanities in the University (1977), and a 2-volume biography of Vincent Massey: The Young Vincent Massey (1981) and The Imperial Canadian (1986).