Launching search for a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

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I wish to announce that I am launching a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan.

Professor Deborah Buszard will complete her term in this role on June 30, 2020. Professor Buszard has achieved a great deal in building the UBC Okanagan campus to what it is today — a thriving, growing, top university campus in British Columbia, Canada and globally.

She has established a culture of excellence in teaching and research, student learning, support and wellbeing, and community and alumni engagement. She has connected the UBC Okanagan campus to Vancouver and the Okanagan community, and built strong relationships for further growth and leadership in the region.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal (DVC) reports to me and provides leadership to the Okanagan campus to accomplish the vision, commitments, goals, and actions as set out in the university’s strategic plan. As an integral member of the senior leadership team, the DVC supports the Board of Governors in exercising their governance responsibilities, and works collaboratively with leadership and management across the university, and with key external stakeholders, to enhance the student learning and research achievement on the Okanagan campus.

In accordance with UBC Policy #18, I have established an advisory committee to support this search process. The committee consists of:

Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor (chair)
Michael Korenberg, Board of Governors
William Sundhu, Board of Governors
Jassim Naqvi, Board of Governors
Barbara Rutherford, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Jennifer Jakobi, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Heather Berringer, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Tamara Ebl, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Shahria Alam, Senate, UBC Okanagan
Paul Davies, faculty member, UBC Okanagan
Karen Ragoonaden, faculty member, UBC Okanagan
Simi Toor, student member, UBC Okanagan
Brigitte Le Normand, additional member, UBC Okanagan
Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives, UBC Okanagan
Rob Einarson, Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations, UBC Okanagan

A member of the President’s Office staff will act as non-voting secretary to the committee. To assist the search committee in their efforts, we would appreciate input from interested faculty, staff, students and alumni on the following questions:

  • What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead for the DVC and Okanagan campus in the coming years?
  • What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to this role?
  • Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  • Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

Please email your comments by June 21, 2019, to the search firm Boyden Executive Search at All responses will be kept confidential.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this important process.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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