Reappointment of UBC’s Vice-President, Health

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In June 2018, UBC announced that Dr. Dermot Kelleher had been appointed to a newly created role of Vice-President, Health.

The purpose of this role was to lead UBC Health by strengthening our links with the provincial government, BC health authorities and collaborative frameworks such as the Academic Health Sciences Network. The role was also intended to help facilitate greater collaboration and integration in research and learning across the university, with particular focus on large scale grants and new program development.

Dr. Kelleher is now reaching the end of his first term as Vice-President, Health, and wishes to be considered for an extension. In accordance with board policy, an Advisory Committee has been struck to review Dr. Kelleher’s performance since his appointment to the role, and to make a recommendation to the President concerning his extension.

In accordance with Board Policy AP6, membership of the committee is as follows:

  • Santa J. Ono, Chair
  • Andrea Reimer, Board of Governors
  • Mark Mac Lean, Board of Governors
  • Jennifer Jakobi, Okanagan Senate
  • Michael Coughtrie, Vancouver Senate
  • Anne Martin-Matthews, Associate Vice-President, Health
  • Naomi Maldonado-Rodriguez, student, UBC Okanagan
  • Georgia Yee, student, UBC Vancouver
  • Julie Wagemakers, Secretary (non-voting)

The Advisory Committee is now seeking feedback regarding Dr. Kelleher’s performance in relation to the duties and responsibilities, as outlined in the original job description, which can be found at

All members of the UBC community, including students, faculty, and staff, are invited to share their views by September 11, 2020. You can email comments to All communications will be held in strict confidence.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this important process.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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