Consideration of the extension of the Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement

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Heather McCaw joined UBC as the Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) in 2018. As she approaches the end of her first term, Ms. McCaw is standing for consideration for a second term in this role.

As part of the process, an advisory committee has been established, and the university is seeking feedback from students, faculty and staff regarding Ms. McCaw’s extension. During her first term, Ms. McCaw has provided strategic leadership to the DAE portfolio, including the launch of FORWARD, the campaign for UBC, which aims to raise $3 billion for the university.

An advisory committee has been established to consider feedback and make a recommendation to the President concerning Ms. McCaw’s extension. In accordance with Board Policy AP14, membership is as follows:

  • Deborah Buszard, Chair
  • Nicole Udzenija, member, Board of Governors
  • Marcia Buchholz, Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Ngai Pindell, Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • Julian Dierkes, UBC Vancouver Senate
  • Karen Hodges, UBC Okanagan Senate
  • Anisha Sandhills, Interim Vice-President, Academic & University Affairs, Alma Mater Society
  • Jakson Pashelka, President, UBC Students’ Union Okanagan
  • Hillary Gosselin, Associate Vice-President, Development
  • Natalie Cook Zywicki, Associate Vice-President, alumni UBC
  • Julie Wagemakers, Secretary (non-voting)

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

All UBC students, faculty and staff are invited to share their views by March 16, 2023. Please email comments to All communications will be held in strict confidence.

Thank you for supporting this process.

Deborah Buszard
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

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