Leadership transition in VP Research and International

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After more than a decade of outstanding service to UBC as Vice-President, Research and International, Dr. John Hepburn has announced he is stepping down effective May 28 to assume a new role as Vice-President, Research at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in Toronto.

Dr. Hepburn joined UBC in 2001 as a Professor of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy and Head of Chemistry. He became Dean of Science in 2003, and Vice-President, Research in 2005. The international portfolio was added to his list of responsibilities in 2009.

During Dr. Hepburn’s tenure, UBC has solidified its position among the world’s top 40 research universities and top 20 public institutions. Under his leadership, UBC research now has an annual research budget of more than $530 million supporting over 8,200 projects, and more than 560 institutional agreements with 400 different international partners.

Among Dr. Hepburn’s proudest accomplishments was last year’s announcement of UBC’s success in the Canada First Research Excellence Fund competition. The $66.5-million award will elevate UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute to the forefront of quantum materials research.

He also helped drive the creation of the UBC Excellence Fund, which will provide significant new resources to strengthen UBC research in the years to come. Starting this year, a portion of annual revenue will be devoted to initiatives that support world-changing research. The fund — projected to grow to in excess of $30 million per year by 2018/19 — will support key initiatives that will further substantiate UBC’s reputation as a top-tier research-intensive university.

A passionate champion of research innovation, Dr. Hepburn has helped UBC become one of Canada’s major research hubs. UBC researchers are among the world’s most frequently cited, and their discoveries are at the heart of products and services that have generated more than $5 billion in sales and have led to the creation of more than 180 companies.

I am grateful to Dr. Helen Burt, who has worked closely with Dr. Hepburn as Associate Vice-President since 2011, for agreeing to serve as Vice-President pro tem while a formal search is undertaken over the next year. You are invited to follow the search process at https://research.ubc.ca/research-excellence/news-announcements.

Martha C. Piper
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Board governance – listening to your views

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On behalf of the UBC Board of Governors, I would like to thank all those who attended today’s meeting to share their views about board governance.

The board invited representatives of student, faculty, staff and alumni groups to attend today’s board meeting for a discussion on governance. We also welcomed written submissions from any member of the university community.

The board appreciated the full, frank and thoughtful dialogue, and we will carefully consider all the views and recommendations presented today as we work to strengthen board governance. In particular, I have asked the governance committee to review the submissions in detail and report back in June with recommended actions. Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting can still submit comments via email to bog.ubc@ubc.ca

On behalf of the board, I want to reiterate my thanks to all members of the community who have been part of this very important discussion.

Stuart Belkin
Chair, Board of Governors

UBC Board of Governors meeting – webcast live

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The UBC Board of Governors has invited representatives of student, faculty, staff and alumni groups to attend tomorrow’s board meeting for a discussion on governance. In addition to the verbal presentations and discussion at the meeting, the board welcomes additional written submissions to bog.ubc@ubc.ca.

The presentations on governance will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. For those unable to attend the meeting, you can watch online via the following link: http://mediasitemob1.mediagroup.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/
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The open session of the board meeting will be webcast live (until approximately 12:30 p.m.).

Philip Steenkamp
Vice-President, External Relations

Presidential search: Shortlist of candidates finalized

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We are pleased to provide an update on the Presidential search process.

We are delighted to advise that the search committee, after much discussion and deliberation, has constructed a shortlist of seven excellent candidates. The position profile developed through stakeholder consultation has been instrumental in the evaluation of candidates, and we thank the UBC community for your thoughtful input. As a committee, we have been pleased with the genuine level of interest and optimism expressed by all candidates at the prospect of contributing to the ongoing success of UBC as it enters its second century. We are encouraged by the strength and diversity that is represented in this pool of candidates. The candidates on the shortlist are diverse in terms of backgrounds, academic disciplines, geographic location, university leadership positions held, gender and ethnicity.

The full committee will now hold in-depth interviews with these shortlisted candidates during the month of May, with the objective of reaching a decision for recommendation to the UBC Board of Governors. We remain on track to announce our new President by June 30.

There are two recent changes in committee membership filling the vacancies of Greg Peet (Board of Governors) and Dr. Jennifer Berdahl (Vancouver faculty).

Celeste Haldane is a practising lawyer and is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association who joined UBC’s board in 2013. She has recently been appointed chair of the board’s Governance Committee. Celeste is elected to the BC Treaty Commission, and currently is the acting chief commissioner and also serves on the Musqueam Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the Housing & Capital Committee.

Dr. Mark MacLachlan is a professor in UBC’s Department of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds the Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular Materials. The focus of his research is in inorganic chemistry and materials development. Dr. MacLachlan has received the Killam Teaching Prize, the Killam Mentorship Award, the E. W. R. Steacie Fellowship, and the Steacie Prize.

Both Celeste and Mark are committed to making UBC a great place to do research and study. We are pleased to welcome Mark, and to welcome back Celeste, who graciously stepped down recently to allow Board of Governors Chair Stuart Belkin to join the committee. They will both be excellent additions to the committee, and we are grateful to them for volunteering their time to this most important endeavour.

In closing, we would all like to take this opportunity to thank the UBC community for its ongoing support of the search process, and to encourage you to continue to submit your comments to us in confidence by email to president.search@ubc.ca or online: http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=10215.

Aaron Bailey
Student Representative

Stuart Belkin
Board of Governors

Gordon Binsted
Deans Representative

Maureen Brophy
Staff Representative

Catherine Dauvergne
Deans Representative

Kelly Davies
Staff Representative

Paul Davies
Faculty Representative

Blye Frank
Deans Representative

Lindsay Gordon
Chancellor

Celeste Haldane
Board of Governors

Andrea Han
Staff Representative

Carol Jaeger
Senate Representative

Marianne Legault
Senate Representative

Darrin Lehman
Faculty Representative

Tom Macauley
Student Representative

Fiona Macfarlane
Board of Governors

Mark MacLachlan
Faculty Representative

Gregg Saretsky
Alumni Representative

Amber Shilling
Student Representative

Faye Wightman
Alumni Representative

Rickey Yada
Senate Representative

Join the Centennial celebrations on April 6

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver

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UBC’s Centennial year has offered the opportunity to mark our collective pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, and research. It also offers the chance to remember the history of our Aboriginal neighbours and look forward to a mutually beneficial and positive future.

As the academic year draws to a close, faculty, staff and students are invited to join end-of-term Centennial celebrations this Wednesday, April 6.

The program at the Vancouver campus begins at 10:30 am at Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square (outside UBC Bookstore) with the dedication of the Musqueam sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (double-headed serpent post), which will serve as a permanent welcome to all the visitors to these grounds and as a reminder of our relationship with the Musqueam people.

A lunch-hour festival follows at University Commons (outside the Nest) where we’ll continue the celebrations.

Please click on this link to view a video from Dr. Martha C. Piper, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor: http://president.ubc.ca/?p=6182

Everyone in the campus community is encouraged to take time to reflect on our historic year, and to connect with one another as we look forward to a second century of growth and transformation together.

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