I would like to thank some of our faculty for their recently completed service in leadership appointments. Thank you to Dr. Patricia Lasserre for her efforts and hard work in supporting the Okanagan campus’ academic strategy in her administrative roles as Associate Dean of Barber School and Associate Provost. Thank you to Dr. Barbara Rutherford for providing leadership and support to the Barber School over the last year in her role as Dean pro tem of the Barber School. Thank you to Dr. Allan Jones, the founding Regional Associate Dean, Interior for his leadership in the Southern Medical Program. And, last but not least, thank you to Dr. Dwayne Tannant for his leadership during his tenure as Dean pro tem of the College of Graduate Studies. During Dr. Tannant’s tenure, UBC Okanagan saw a significant growth in graduate applications and acceptances, which are outlined among other highlights in the Faculty’s inaugural Annual Report, and I am grateful for his leadership during this time.
I am delighted to welcome a few new faces to the campus leadership team. Effective July 1, 2019, three new interim Dean roles have been appointed. Dr. Jennifer (Jenn) Jakobi, a professor in the Faculty of Health and Social Development’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, is Dean pro tem, College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Gino DiLabio, a professor and head of the department of chemistry, is the newly appointed Dean pro tem of the Barber School. And finally, Dr. Sarah Brears has recently been appointed as the Southern Medical Program’s Interim Regional Associate Dean, Interior.
Dr. Michael Burgess will be joining the Provost Office September 1 as Associate Provost, Strategy. Dr. Burgess will provide leadership for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for advancing academic innovation in accordance with UBC’s Strategic Plan Shaping the Next Century and Outlook 2040.
Raina Reddecliff, Associate Director, Campus Internationalization in the Provost Office is on a one-year leave. Kirsten Bennett, Manager of EFP in International Programs and Services will be covering her role. We are also pleased to welcome Linda Olver to the Provost team; Linda fills a communications coordinator role shared with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Office.