Search for new UBC VP Human Resources

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Ms. Lisa Castle, our VP Human Resources, is retiring at the end of this year. As many of you know, Ms. Castle’s contributions to UBC are many and she has been an integral part of UBC’s ascendance to being a world renowned university. We wish to thank Lisa for her tireless efforts, loyalty and support over the last 23 years and wish her the very best in the next stage of her life.
I am launching a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Vice-President Human Resources. The Vice-President Human Resources reports to the President and provides vision and leadership in carrying out the university’s human resources plan including its people practices and workplace culture.
The Human Resources portfolio provides support and advice to UBC Faculties and Departments and a range of services for faculty and staff, including recruitment and employment, organizational development and workplace learning, wellbeing programming, faculty and staff relations, compensation, pension and benefits administration, and the development of human resource policies and practices.
The VP Human Resources is a Board of Governors appointee. She or he will collaborate across all UBC portfolios on system-wide HR issues with UBC Vancouver and Okanagan. 
In accordance with UBC Policy #34, I have established an Advisory Committee to support this search process. The committee consists of:
Santa Ono (Chair)
Beverlee Park (Board of Governors)
Fiona Macfarlane (Board of Governors)
Louise Cowin (VP Students)
Catherine Dauvergne (Dean of Law)
Murray Isman (Vancouver Senate)
Gordon Lovegrove (Okanagan Senate)
Alan Ehrenholz (UBC Vancouver student representative)
Jada Larkin (UBC Okanagan student representative)
Linda McKnight (UBC HR)
Alexandra Bayne (UBC HR)
Sara-Jane Finlay (UBC Equity & Inclusion Office)
Linc Kesler (UBC First Nations House of Learning) 
We will be inviting you to provide your thoughts on the position description as soon as it has been posted. At that time, you will also be invited to share your comments about the future opportunities and challenges that are ahead of the new Vice-President Human Resources. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor