Associate Provosts

Associate Provosts bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Provost’s Office.  Under the direction of the Provost, they apply this information in their area of expertise to spearhead initiatives and provide the necessary administrative supports to ensure the initiatives thrive.

Chief Librarian and Associate Provost, Academic Operations and Services

Heather Berringer

The Associate Provost, Academic Operations and Services provides leadership, vision and coordination of learning services on the Okanagan campus. Working in collaboration with the Associate Vice-President Students portfolio and learning support units across campus, this role is responsible for:

  • infrastructure development and implementation of the Continuing and Professional Education unit to deliver new non-credit programming;
  • advancing the campus’ commitment to experiential learning opportunities for students;
  • providing leadership of the academic integrity portfolio;
  • overseeing Open Educational Resources grants and programs; and
  • supporting the enrolment services portfolio.

This position is currently filled by Heather Berringer, who also serves as the Okanagan Campus’ Chief Librarian, a role she assumed in 2014. Since that time, Heather has led the development of new programs, spaces, and innovative partnerships that have significantly enhanced the learning experience at UBC Okanagan and established the Library as a thriving nexus of scholarly engagement for faculty and researchers.


Associate Provost, Strategy

Michael Burgess

The Associate Provost, Strategy, provides leadership for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to advance academic innovation. This role works in accordance with UBC’s Strategic Plan Shaping the Next Century and Outlook 2040;

  • to help foster an institution-wide climate of academic innovation, in particular, interdisciplinary
  • to oversee the development, evaluation, and review of relevant programs
  • to help develop processes of shared governance to ensure the timely implementation of new academic initiatives.

In addition to his role in the Provost’s office, Burgess is the Chair in Biomedical Ethics at UBC’s W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. His currently funded research includes deliberation on the use of big data in health, cancer care funding decisions, animal welfare and food policy in Norway, and the release of gene-edited organisms into the environment. He is also working on projects involving the governance of remote and Indigenous biobanks and on an SSHRC funded project on concepts of diversity and inclusiveness.


Associate Provost, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism

Jannik Eikenaar

The Associate Provost, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA)  is a newly established role in the Provost Office, with a one-year term commencing August 1, 2022.  The long-term scope of the role is under development. In it’s inaugural year, the role will focus on supporting the development and implementation of recommendations articulated within the Inclusion Action Plan and the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force Report, focusing on faculty and staff. In addition, the Associate Provost, IDEA will provide oversight of the Equity and Inclusion Office at UBC Okanagan to create awareness, education and training opportunities related to the university’s relevant strategic plans. This role will work collaboratively with UBC’s Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion.


Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning

Brad Wuetherick

The Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning provides strategic leadership, vision and coordination for the teaching and learning mission at UBC Okanagan. Working with faculty, students, staff, academic leaders and other relevant partners, the Associate Provost, will lead in seven broad areas:

  • program development, redesign and quality control;
  • development of educational pathways and collaborations;
  • student success; oversight of center for teaching and learning;
  • educational leadership;
  • online learning; and lifelong learning.

An overarching focus of the portfolio is to find strategies to create an inclusive, anti-racist teaching and learning environment at UBC Okanagan. The position presents a bold opportunity to foster education as a transformative medium oriented towards individual/collective growth and well-being.  This position is filled by Brad Wuetherick, who joined the campus on May 1, 2021.