Announcing a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

A message from Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

I am pleased to announce that Professor Lesley Cormack has been appointed as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan. She will formally begin the role on July 1, 2020.

Professor Cormack joins UBC from the University of Alberta, where she has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts since 2010. She is an historian of early modern science, specializing in geography and mathematics in 16th-century England. Professor Cormack received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1988 and taught at the University of Alberta in the Department of History and Classics for 17 years. From 2007 to 2010, she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding candidate. The committee comprised representatives from the Board of Governors, Faculties, senior staff and UBC’s student community. More than 80 stakeholders across both campuses were invited to meet with the final candidates, including faculty, staff, students and senior administration.

As we prepare to welcome Professor Cormack, I would like to give my personal thanks to Professor Deborah Buszard who has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan, since 2012. Under her leadership, UBC Okanagan has experienced tremendous growth, and been an integral part of advancing UBC’s reputation in British Columbia, Canada and globally.

Looking to the future, I am excited to work with Professor Cormack in advancing UBC’s excellence in research and innovation; teaching and learning; and community engagement as part of the university’s strategic plan.

Please join me in welcoming her.