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Larry Bouthillier appointed as Executive Director, UBC Extended Learning

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

I am pleased to announce that Larry Bouthillier has been appointed Executive Director, UBC Extended Learning (ExL) effective February 1, 2020.

Currently Senior Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at Brown University, Larry is responsible for the planning, design and development of digital learning initiatives, programs and products, and for leading the Online Innovation Team.

Larry’s previous roles include Director of Online Learning at New England Institute of Technology; Director of Educational Technology & Multimedia Development at Harvard Business School; and Course Designer/Developer at the Harvard Extension School, where he remains an Adjunct Professor teaching Computer Science.

As the new Executive Director, Larry’s focus will be to continue to develop ExL’s portfolio of programs and support services aligned with Strategy 13: Practical Learning of the strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century and to ensure UBC and ExL are well positioned to deliver the innovative programs that learners are demanding throughout various phases of their careers and lives.

A key part of ExL’s mandate is to collaborate with and support Faculties to develop programs and courses for non-degree learners. Collaborations already underway include the 11 proposals funded through the inaugural Online Learning Advancement Fund (OLAF) and, with the Department of Computer Science, the development of short courses for mid-career learners, through pilot funding from the Province of British Columbia.

For further information regarding UBC ExL, please visit: You can learn more about the 11 OLAF funded projects at

As we look forward to welcoming Larry, I also wish to recognize and thank most heartily Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, for his dedicated support as UBC ExL’s interim Executive Director.

Announcing Senior Faculty Advisors to the President

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

I am pleased to announce that Senior Instructor Kathryn Gretsinger, Professor Walter Mérida, Associate Professor Karen Ragoonaden, and Professor John Klironomos have been appointed as Senior Faculty Advisors to the President.

Kathryn Gretsinger and Walter Mérida are based at UBC Vancouver, with Karen Ragoonaden and John Klironomos based at UBC Okanagan.

Each faculty advisor will work on projects that advance our strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century. They will advise me on topics and issues that are important to faculty across both campuses, with an overarching goal to bring our UBC community closer together.

I look forward to working with this new team of faculty advisors. Please join me in welcoming them to these new roles.

Announcing Marcia Buchholz as Interim Vice-President, Human Resources

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

I wish to announce that I have appointed Marcia Buchholz as Interim Vice-President, Human Resources, effective December 1, 2019.

Marcia joined UBC in August of this year, as Managing Director, Human Resources Advisory Partnerships, Central Operational Services, and HR Professional Standards. Prior to joining UBC, she was Associate Vice-President, Human Resources at the University of Calgary.

Our current Vice-President, Human Resources, Barbara Meens Thistle will continue until the end of December 2019 to ensure a smooth transition for Marcia to this interim role. I am very grateful to Barbara for her continued service.

As you know, a search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources, is also well underway and I am confident that we will find an exceptional candidate. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Marcia to her interim role. I believe she will provide strong leadership to the Human Resources portfolio during this period of transition.

Rae Ann Aldridge appointed as Executive Director, Safety & Risk Services

A message from Peter Smailes, Vice-President, Finance & Operations

I am pleased to announce that Rae Ann Aldridge has been appointed as UBC’s new Executive Director, Safety & Risk Services effective January 6, 2020.

In her new role, Rae Ann will be charged with working across campus to enhance UBC’s safety and security. She will be responsible for leading Safety & Risk Services, a new department which is the result of a merger between Risk Management Services and Campus Security.

Rae Ann brings significant safety and security leadership to UBC. She was previously the Associate Vice-President, Risk with the University of Calgary. During her tenure, the University of Calgary was recognized as Canada’s Safest Employer as presented by Canadian Occupational Safety magazine. She was also the winner of the CAUBO Emerging Leader award in 2016 and named Safety Leader of the Year in 2018 by Occupational Safety Magazine.

I also wish to recognize and thank Ron Holton for his steadfast support in managing these transitions and leading the Risk Management Services/Safety & Risk Services team for the past 9 years. Please join me in wishing him well in his retirement in the new year.


Maria Hubinette appointed Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine