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Mary MacDougall appointed new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry

A message from Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem

It is my pleasure to announce that the Board of Governors has accepted the President’s recommendation to appoint Dr. Mary MacDougall as the new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry for a five-year term commencing August 1, 2017.

Dr. MacDougall is currently Professor of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she holds the James R. Rosen Chair of Dental Research. She is also Director of the Institute of Oral Health Research, and Director of the Dental Academic Research Training Program (DART) and the PreDART Program. She is the founding Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders.


David Waldron named Director, Campus Planning & Development at UBC Okanagan

David Waldron has joined UBC as the Director, Campus Planning and Development at the Okanagan campus, where he will be responsible for long-term land use planning including the Okanagan campus Master Plan, space planning, sustainability, landscape design, transportation initiatives and community building.

Born and raised in Kelowna, David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Civil Engineering, from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Resource Management degree from Simon Fraser University. He has led initiatives for local and regional governments, businesses, non-profits and universities.

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Gillian Henderson joins UBC Okanagan as Director, Human Resources

A message from Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Okanagan campus and Lisa Castle, UBC Vice-President, Human Resources

We are very pleased to announce Gillian Henderson will be joining us as Director, Human Resources at UBC’s Okanagan Campus, effective July 4. Her experience and background are a great addition to the HR team and the campus community, and will build upon the strong foundation of work completed over the last several years.

Working with Okanagan campus leadership, faculty, staff and unions, as well as with Human Resource colleagues in Vancouver, Gillian will provide HR leadership for the Okanagan campus to enable UBC and the campus to achieve strategic priorities. As a member of the executive team at UBC Okanagan, she will be responsible for driving leadership in culture, labour relations, wellbeing, recruitment and retention and organizational development.

Gillian brings a wealth of human resource leadership experience from both the health care and higher education sectors, most recently as VP Corporate Services with Lakeland College in Alberta. Prior to that, she was with St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox, BC, and has also spent time with the Island Health Region and BC Pensions Corporation. Upon joining us, Gillian will have achieved a MSc in Human Resource Management from Edinburgh Business School, and is well positioned to provide HR leadership to this growing and dynamic campus, and to UBC more broadly.

During her time with Lakeland College, she had responsibility for a broad portfolio that included Risk, Business Continuity, Finance, Information Technology and Facilities in addition the HR portfolio, which provided her with the opportunity to be a part of long range institutional planning. However, her passion is Human Resources, and she looks forward to working as a member of the innovative UBC team.

Please join us in welcoming Gillian to UBC.

As well, please join us in acknowledging the contribution of our outgoing Director, Pauline Brandes, who has provided such capable HR leadership, mentorship and sheer hard work to the campus for the last seven years. Under her leadership the campus has seen the introduction of the WRAP program, the Academic Leadership series and a variety of other initiatives that have contributed to the development, effectiveness and wellbeing of our staff, faculty and organizational units.

To facilitate the transition, Pauline has graciously agreed to stay with us until the end of June, after which she will be moving into a consultancy practice. We wish her well as her journey continues, and we will recognize and celebrate her contributions in June.


Karen Carriero named Associate Vice-President, Communications

A message from Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations

I am pleased to announce that Karen Carriero has been appointed as the new Associate Vice-President, Communications, within the External Relations portfolio, effective 1 June, 2017.

Karen’s most recent positions have been Chief Marketing Officer for The University of Western Australia and Chief Marketing Officer for Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Her extensive experience includes overseeing brand strategy, marketing communications, media and public relations, events and protocol, domestic and international student recruitment, and student admissions.

As Associate Vice-President, Communications, Karen will help to develop an over-arching long-term communications strategy and plan for UBC, ensuring alignment with the university’s vision, mission and values. She will have responsibility for the Public Affairs and Communications and Marketing units in External Relations and for engaging, supporting and advising colleagues and stakeholders in all parts of the university. Please join me in welcoming Karen to UBC.

Neil Guppy appointed Acting Principal of UBC Vantage College

A message from Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Neil Guppy as the Acting Principal of UBC Vantage College.  Dr. Guppy currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom and will continue this important work as he takes on this new interim role.  He will serve as Acting Principal of the College for one year starting July 1, 2017 while Dr. Joanne Fox is on leave. Dr. Fox will return to her role as Principal of UBC Vantage College on July 1, 2018.  We thank them both for their exceptional leadership and service to the University.

Dr. Guppy is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and has served as Department Head (Sociology), Associate Dean Students (Arts), Associate Vice-President Academic (Provost’s Office), and recently as Acting Managing Director of Student Development and Services (VP Students).  He has been awarded both a Killam Faculty Research Prize and a Killam Teaching Prize.  Dr. Guppy was instrumental in launching Imagine UBC and was the Director of the Co-ordinated Arts Program from 2007 to 2012.  He brings to Vantage expertise and deep knowledge about building and sustaining enriched student experiences.

The Vantage One program offers a full 11-month first-year program in Arts, Science, Engineering, and Management. Vantage One students take first year UBC courses with embedded academic English and then transition well into the second year of their UBC degree programs. Currently in its third year, the college has more than 350 students from more than 25 countries.  Learn more about the College.