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Announcing the appointment of new Dean, Faculty of Science

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Meigan Aronson has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Science for a five-year term. She is expected to commence her role between July 1 and September 1, 2018.

Dr. Aronson is currently Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Science at Texas A&M University.

She has been honoured with a number of fellowships, including American Physical Society Fellow, and most recently, Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America. She has also served on numerous national and international boards and committees.

I would like to thank the faculty, staff and students who participated in the search process. I am also grateful to the members of the Advisory Committee for their commitment of extensive time and energy throughout the search. I wish to express my gratitude to Dean Simon Peacock for his outstanding service to the university and excellent leadership of the Faculty during the past 12 years. Thank you also to Dr. Mark MacLachlan, who has agreed to serve as Acting Dean from July 1 until Dr. Aronson takes up her position.

I look forward to working with Dr. Aronson as she brings her strong commitment to teaching and learning, research excellence, and academic leadership to this role. I hope you will join me in welcoming her to UBC.

Read the full details of the appointment.

Jennifer Kain appointed as Chief Audit & Risk Officer

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

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Kain has been appointed to the role of Chief Audit & Risk Officer.

This newly-created role is the result of a recommendation put forward by the Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management review performed in 2017. It reports directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor and the Audit Committee Chair of the Board of Governors.

As Chief Audit & Risk Officer, Jennifer, who has worked at UBC since 2009, will lead the departments of Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management to create a strategic, integrated unit that is sought after for assurance, advice and counsel by organizational leaders across UBC.

Before starting in this role, Jennifer was UBC’s Director, Personal Information Governance & Security, within Risk Management Services. Prior to that, she held the role of Senior IT Audit Manager, Internal Audit. She brings with her 20 years of international risk management and audit experience in the higher education, professional services, and financial services sectors.

Jennifer is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Information Systems Auditor and also holds a variety of other governance, risk, and audit certifications. She commenced as Chief Audit & Risk Officer on 30 April, 2018.

Jennifer and Ron Holton are working closely together on Jennifer’s transition. Ron will continue to lead the remaining units within Risk Management Services until his planned retirement in 2019.

Kate Ross reappointed as Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the extension of appointment of Dr. Kate Ross as Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar for a second five-year term.

Under Dr. Ross’ leadership, Enrolment Services has seen a renewal in its mission and goals, aligning them with the university’s strategic plan, strengthening staff commitment to providing exceptional enrolment and registrarial services, and fostering a culture of collaboration and respect.

Dr. Ross has introduced improvements to the Enrolment Services professional service model, benefitting all students, and has worked to provide opportunities to increase the participation of under-represented student populations. This includes establishing a tuition waiver program, admission policy and support services for former youth in government care, and developing improved recruitment strategies and financial assistance for Aboriginal students and domestic students with significant financial need.

As the university embarks on the transformation of our Human Resources, Finance and Student Administration systems – united under the Integrated Renewal Program – Dr. Ross has taken on the role of Lead Program Sponsor. Given this significant additional responsibility, a Deputy Registrar for the Vancouver campus will be appointed to guide the operations of Enrolment Services, under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Ross.

Dr. Ross’ leadership also extends beyond UBC: she has established collaborations with school districts and other post-secondary institutions to improve student transitions to UBC; and she co-chairs the EducationPlannerBC Steering Committee, which is developing a common application process for students in the province.

We are sure that the next few years will see Enrolment Services build on its strengths under Dr. Ross’ leadership, and we look forward to working with her in her second term.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the President’s Advisory Committee and all who participated in the consultation during the process for consideration of the extension of Dr. Ross’ appointment.

UBC-O: Tom Huisman appointed as Director, Athletics and Recreation

Tom Huisman has been appointed as UBC Okanagan’s new Director, Athletics and Recreation. He joins UBC Okanagan with more than 25 years of senior sport and university leadership experience that followed his own athletic career as a provincial soccer player and varsity distance and cross-country runner.

Originally from Winnipeg and an MBA graduate of the University of Manitoba, Tom held the positions of Executive Director of the Coaches Association and Provincial Coaching Coordinator for Sport Manitoba before moving to the Ottawa region as the Director of Operations for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (now U Sports) for more than 15 years. Most recently, Tom was the Manager of Interuniversity Sport Programs at Carleton University, helping guide Carleton sport teams to multiple National and Provincial Championships.

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Liz King appointed Director of Ceremonies and Events

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

I am very pleased to announce that Liz King will be the new Director of Ceremonies and Events, effective May 3. 

Liz is currently the Director of Donor and Alumni Events at UBC in the development and alumni engagement portfolio (DAE), and leads the team responsible for donor recognition, stewardship and alumni engagement events. Liz has worked in customer service, project and service coordination, and event management roles for more than 15 years at the university, across several portfolios.

In her ten years with DAE, Liz has collaborated with volunteers and staff, constituents and dignitaries. Highlights during her time with DAE include delivering events for the start an evolution campaign, UBC’s centennial celebrations and launching the recent Blue & Gold Campaign for Students. Liz has had the opportunity to work on UBC teams responsible for hosting HRH The Duke of York, and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and events featuring great Canadians like Rick Mercer and William Shatner, annual Homecoming activities, and events for members of UBC’s giving circles.

Liz completed her BA at UBC and has also completed programs in Event Marketing and Public Relations at BCIT. Liz is currently enrolled and doing her MBA at Royal Roads University.