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Dr. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed appointed Provost and Vice-Principal Academic

The UBC Board of Governor’s has today approved the appointment of Dr. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed as Provost and Vice-Principal Academic at UBC Okanagan for a five-year term beginning November 1, 2018.

“I am delighted to welcome Ananya to UBC Okanagan,” says Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new position and I’m confident that her fresh new perspective will serve our campus well.”

Dr. Mukherjee-Reed is coming to UBC with over 20 years’ experience at York University, Canada’s third largest university. She has a distinguished academic record and is a recognized leader in her field.

During her time at York she has served as Associate Vice-President of Research, Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Founding Director of the International Secretariat for Human Development, and most recently as Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the largest faculty of its kind in Ontario and home to 23,000 students from 123 countries.

Professor Mukherjee-Reed is a highly respected scholar in the area of Development Studies. She was recently named as one of five brilliant women in academia by Canadian Immigrant magazine in their Third Annual Tribute to ‘Immigrant Women of Inspiration’. Dr. Mukherjee-Reed obtained her PhD in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Southern California and her MA and BA in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

“I eagerly look forward to the opportunity to work with an inspiring community of world-class researchers and an excellent student body. The university’s mandate to serve the region as well as its distinct global orientation are of great significance to me,” says Mukherjee-Reed.

“I feel UBCO offers a fantastic context for exploring how top public universities can engage with the greatest societal challenges of our times.”

Announcing the new Vice-President, Finance and Operations

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

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Smailes as UBC’s new Vice-President, Finance and Operations. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience at UBC and was formerly in the role of Treasurer.

Peter has been Interim Vice-President, Finance and Operations, since January of this year. As Vice-President, he will work closely with me, the Board, Executive, Deans and other partners, in overseeing university-wide activities relating to capital financing and corporate borrowing, cash management, tax, faculty housing assistance financing, revenue accounting and business contracts and leases.

He will also provide strategic leadership to ensure the university is successful in achieving the vision and goals set out in its strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding candidate to fill this role. I am confident that Peter will be a valuable addition to our Executive team and ask that you join me in welcoming him to this new role.

Barbara Rutherford appointed Dean pro tem for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

A message from Patricia Lasserre, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, UBC Okanagan

Effective August 1, 2018, Dr. Barbara Rutherford will serve as Dean pro tem of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Rutherford is well acquainted with our campus, having first been a professor of psychology at Okanagan University College from 1988 to 2005, then at UBC Okanagan since its creation in 2005. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Auckland and an M.Sc. in Physical Education from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Rutherford had previously served as Dean pro tem for Barber School from September 2013 to June 2015. She is an experienced researcher with expertise in cognition and how the brain processes information between its two hemispheres.

I am very pleased that Dr. Rutherford will be bringing a wealth of experience to this position while we search for a new Dean of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Please join me in welcoming Barbara to her new role.

Don Sin appointed Director of UBC James Hogg Research Centre

A message from Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Don Sin as Director, UBC James Hogg Research Centre (JHRC), effective July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023.

As Director, Dr. Sin will lead a team of clinical and basic researchers committed to being world leaders in understanding and eliminating heart, lung and blood vessel diseases. Dr. Sin will also have overall responsibility for ensuring the activities of the Centre are furthering the goals outlined in Building the Future, the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Plan, while working towards establishing a cross-site heart and lung initiative.

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Vanessa Auld appointed as UBC’s new Head of Zoology

Professor Vanessa Auld begins a five-year term as head of UBC’s Department of Zoology on July 3.

Internationally recognized for her research in neuroscience, cell and developmental biology, Auld earned her BSc in Microbiology from UBC and her PhD from the University of Toronto. She has twice served as UBC Science’s Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, leading equity and diversity initiatives across the Faculty and at the university level.

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