Appointments

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Robert Helsley reappointed Dean, Sauder School of Business

The Board of Governors has approved Dr. Robert Helsley’s extension of appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Commerce (Sauder School of Business) for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017.

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Jennifer Burns, CIO, appointed as AVP Information Technology

Jennifer Burns, Chief Information Officer, has been appointed as Associate Vice-President, Information Technology and has been approved for an extension of her appointment as Chief Information Officer on a five-year term starting on July 1, 2017.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, Jennifer provides leadership in ensuring the Institution’s digital capabilities meet the needs of UBC’s teaching and research community, as well as identifying opportunities to deliver efficient and effective administrative solutions. As CIO, Jennifer is responsible for IT delivery across all of UBC’s campuses, and is also responsible for the operation of UBC’s Information Technology department.

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Susan E. Parker appointed University Librarian

In September 2017, UBC will welcome Susan E. Parker as University Librarian for a five-year term. Ms. Parker currently holds the role of Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles where she leads operations, human resources, assessment, budgeting, strategic planning, capital project planning and fundraising.

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Roger Sugden reappointed Dean, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan

A message from Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and Cynthia Mathieson, Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic, UBC Okanagan

The UBC Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Prof. Roger Sugden as Dean of the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus for a five-year term effective July 1, 2017.

Prior to this, Sugden served twice as Head of the Department of Commerce at the University of Birmingham, part of the oldest business school in England. During this time, Sugden was also director of various research centres, and led the school’s Industrial and Labour Economics Group.Sugden earned PhD and master’s degrees in economics from Warwick University as well as a law degree from Sheffield University, UK. He was founding Head of the Management School and Head of Internationalisation at Stirling University, Scotland, before joining UBC in 2012.

A scholar with extensive international experience in management and economics education, Sugden’s research has focused on economic organization, the interests of publics and regional socio-economic development. He is currently leading projects on the recent history of occupational structure and economic strategy in the Okanagan, and on organizing knowledge to support BC’s wine industry. He has been closely involved in bringing over $4 million in federal government funding to the Okanagan campus.

The Faculty of Management has more than 850 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. During Sugden’s tenure as Dean, the Bachelor of Management has been transformed from a 2+2 into a four-year delivery model, to provide students with greater inclusion in the Faculty. The Master of Management has become more accessible to working professionals with its new, part-time, blended delivery that explores innovative and nimble ways of leading and managing in a rapidly changing, globalized world.

By partnering with other faculties, Co-op Education was successfully expanded last fall to students across the Okanagan campus, resulting in nearly double the number of students engaged in meaningful work experiences and enriched learning opportunities. Having embraced experiential learning, the Faculty of Management works systematically in collaboration with communities throughout the Okanagan. It has also developed several new international partnerships that provide value to the region, such as leadership development opportunities for the BC wine industry.


Gordon Binsted reappointed Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

A message from Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and Cynthia Mathieson, Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic, UBC Okanagan

UBC’s Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Prof. Gordon Binsted as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development. Binsted will take a six-month administrative leave prior to taking up the reappointment from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022.

An active researcher in the field of sensorimotor neuroscience, Binsted served as acting Dean in 2011 and 2012, and was appointed Dean in June 2012. Over the past five years, Binsted also served as interim Dean of the Faculty of Education, and acting Vice-Principal, Research, at UBC Okanagan. Last year, 1,400 students were enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty of Health and Social Development’s School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

He holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, Master of Science degree in human biodynamics from McMaster University, and received his Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from the University of British Columbia.

During Binsted’s tenure as Dean, he has overseen Faculty restructuring of programs in all three Schools to be sustainable and innovative. His leadership has supported significant increases in research intensity through internal supports, strategic hiring and external partnerships. The Faculty has partnered with business and community groups to improve research impact and relevance both locally and globally.

During Binsted’s leave, Dr. Edward Taylor will serve as acting Dean until December 31, 2017.