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Announcing Andrew Parr as Interim Vice-President, Students

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

I wish to announce that I have appointed Andrew Parr as the Interim Vice-President, Students, effective September 10, 2018.

Andrew is currently Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services. During his time at UBC, he has developed a new organizational structure for student housing and demonstrated leadership in student care. He has built positive relationships across the Vice-President, Students, portfolio and the university as a whole. I am confident that he will continue to provide strong leadership in his role as Interim Vice-President.

As you know, a search for a new Vice-President, Students, is well underway and I am confident that we will find an exceptional candidate. More details will be provided in the coming months regarding this appointment.

Once again, I would like to thank Louise Cowin for her leadership and voice for students. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Please join me in welcoming Andrew to his new role.

Dr. Peter Berman appointed as Director, School of Population and Public Health

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

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Berman has been appointed Director, School of Population and Public Health, effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

In his role, Dr. Berman will lead the School in its continued journey to transform health for populations in Canada and across the globe, as well as continue to advance its research and academic programs.

Read the full announcement.

Chris Mercer appointed as Program Director of the IRP

The Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) and Executive Sponsors are pleased to announce Chris Mercer as the new Program Director, effective August 20, 2018.

Mercer has over 35 years of experience working in higher education, including the last twenty years consulting as a program/project director and manager. He has lead over 40 projects during his career at both large public and smaller private post-secondary institutions.

Read more.

Margaret Moss appointed as Director, First Nations House of Learning; Sheryl Lightfoot appointed as Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

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

I am delighted to announce Dr. Margaret Moss has been appointed to the role of Director of the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), for a five-year term commencing November 1, 2018, and Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot has been appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, for a five-year term, commencing August 1, 2018.

Full details of both appointments are available online.

The international search was originally focused on a single appointment, however, on the recommendation of the President’s Advisory Committee, Professor Ono has decided to separate these two very important roles.

As Director of the FNHL, Dr. Moss will work closely with Faculties and support units at UBC Vancouver to advance the development and implementation of policies, academic programs, research and other initiatives that address the needs and aspirations of Indigenous learners. She will hold her faculty appointment within the School of Nursing at the Vancouver campus.

As the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, Dr. Lightfoot will provide vision, leadership and diplomacy in advancing the university’s overall strategic plan in relation to Indigenous affairs across both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Dr. Lightfoot is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.

These appointments come at an opportune time with UBC’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These two dedicated roles will help UBC forge ahead in these multi-faceted and multi-dimensional Indigenous strategic initiatives, at a key juncture in provincial, national and global politics.

I would like to thank the President’s Advisory Committee, and everyone who participated in the search process for their time, energy, and guidance.

In the interim, between now and November, academic leadership in the FNHL will be provided by Dr. Eric Eich, Vice-Provost and AVP, Academic Affairs, while Debra Martel, Associate Director of the FNHL, will continue to provide operational oversight.

Dr. Minelle Mahtani appointed as Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty

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

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Minelle Mahtani has been appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty, for a two-year term commencing September 1, 2018. This new position will support our institutional commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environment for faculty members at UBC.

Full details of the appointment are available online.

Dr. Mahtani holds her professorial appointment in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice in UBC’s Faculty of Arts, and since 2009, she has been an Associate Professor of Human Geography and Journalism at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Dr. Mahtani will work collaboratively with the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty, and with Faculties and administrative units. She will be responsible for policy development, advancement and leadership, research and environment, and providing recommendations regarding strategies and ways to support UBC’s leadership in creating a welcoming and inclusive community for racialized faculty.

I want to thank the advisory committee for their time and commitment to this search and for their valuable insight and counsel in assisting me with this appointment. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mahtani to this role.