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Announcing the new Vice-President, Finance and Operations

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Smailes as UBC’s new Vice-President, Finance and Operations. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience at UBC and was formerly in the role of Treasurer.

Peter has been Interim Vice-President, Finance and Operations, since January of this year. As Vice-President, he will work closely with me, the Board, Executive, Deans and other partners, in overseeing university-wide activities relating to capital financing and corporate borrowing, cash management, tax, faculty housing assistance financing, revenue accounting and business contracts and leases.

He will also provide strategic leadership to ensure the university is successful in achieving the vision and goals set out in its strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding candidate to fill this role. I am confident that Peter will be a valuable addition to our Executive team and ask that you join me in welcoming him to this new role.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


By-election results for Vancouver faculty member on UBC Board

To: Faculty in Vancouver

In recent weeks, a by-election has been held for a faculty representative to join the UBC Board of Governors.

Thank you to all those who submitted themselves for nomination. I can confirm that the successful candidate is Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub of the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Ghoussoub’s term began on July 1, 2018, and will end on February 29, 2020.

Thank you once again to all the candidates for their interest in serving the university and the Board of Governors and to everyone who took part in the election process.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Inviting nominations for the Associate Vice-President, Health, search committee

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To: Faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Last month, UBC announced that Dr. Dermot Kelleher has been appointed Vice-President, Health, beginning July 1. In his role, Dr. Kelleher will support the work of UBC Health by strengthening the university’s links with the provincial government, B.C. health authorities and collaborative frameworks such as the Academic Health Sciences Network. The role will also help facilitate greater collaboration and integration in research and learning across the university, with particular focus on large-scale grants and new program development.

To support Dr. Kelleher and the UBC Health portfolio, we have started a process to appoint a new role of Associate Vice-President, Health. A search committee is being formed pursuant to the procedures for the recommendation and selection of senior academic administrators set out in Policy 18 (https://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2018/06/policy18.pdf).

Two faculty members – one from the Okanagan campus and one from the Vancouver campus – are to be elected to this search committee. Nominations are due by 4pm on Monday, July 16, 2018. All nominees are asked to ensure that they are available for meetings over the summer and early fall.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/node/291. Please also note that ‘faculty member’ is a defined term in the University Act and does not include adjunct, clinical, emeritus, honorary, partner, or sessional appointments.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Announcing the new Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Heather McCaw as UBC’s new Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement (VPDAE).

Heather brings more than 25 years of experience in university fundraising and strategic business partnerships to the role.

She is currently Vice-President, Advancement, at the University of Alberta, where she leads the Office of Advancement in its fundraising and engagement efforts. Prior to this, Heather was Associate Vice-President, Development, at UBC, where she co-directed the university’s $1.5 billion fundraising and alumni engagement campaign. In addition to her university experience, she has been vice-president of consultancies Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation, securing partnerships and donations for non-profit organizations such as: United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Rick Hansen Foundation, University of Victoria, University of Calgary and Toronto Rehab Foundation.

As VPDAE, Heather will work closely with me, the Board, Executive, Deans and other partners, in overseeing fundraising and alumni engagement for the university. She will also provide strategic leadership to ensure the university is successful in achieving the vision and goals set out in its strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century. Heather will begin this role in the fall of 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jeff Todd, Interim VPDAE, for his assistance in this transition over the past few months. I’d also like to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding candidate to fill this role.

I am confident that Heather will be a valuable addition to our Executive team and ask that you join me in welcoming her to UBC.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Announcing Dr. Dermot Kelleher as UBC’s Vice-President, Health

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Dermot Kelleher has been appointed as Vice-President, Health, for UBC.

Dr. Kelleher is currently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. He will take on the role of Vice-President, Health, in addition to his responsibilities as Dean, from July 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.

UBC is proud to host a wide range of world-renowned health programs that span our Faculties and the province as a whole. In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the need to facilitate closer cross-discipline and sector linkages. This has resulted in the creation of UBC Health (https://health.ubc.ca/).

In his role as Vice-President, Health, Dr. Kelleher will lead the work of UBC Health by strengthening our links with the provincial government, B.C. health authorities and collaborative frameworks such as the Academic Health Sciences Network. His role will also 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 joined UBC in 2015. Prior to this, he served as Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, where he also held a concurrent appointment as Dean of the Lee Kong Chian Medical School in Singapore until 2014.

I am pleased to be able to welcome Dr. Kelleher to his additional role as Vice-President, Health. I am confident that his expertise and leadership will continue to make a positive impact both within UBC and across our province.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Announcing the search for a new Vice-President, Students

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I wish to announce that UBC has embarked on a search for a suitable candidate for the position of Vice-President, Students.

Last month our current Vice-President, Louise Cowin, announced her decision to resign from the position. During her time at UBC, Louise has demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing the student experience and a strong commitment to creating an inclusive and connected UBC community. She served in ways that brought out the best in everyone she worked with, and we will miss her open, respectful and accountable leadership.

Looking ahead, the new Vice-President, Students, will report to the President and provide strategic leadership to the VP, Students portfolio – helping to accomplish the vision, commitments and goals of our new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

Responsibilities for this role include leadership in the undergraduate experience, community service learning, student development, student housing, food services and athletic and recreation services.

In accordance with UBC Policy #34, I have established a committee to support this search process and recommend a suitable candidate for the position.

The committee consists of:

  • Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Jakob Gattinger, Board of Governors
  • Darran Fernandez, Board of Governors
  • Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education
  • Trudy Kavanagh, Associate Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Paul Harrison, Faculty of Science
  • Marium Hamid, AMS President
  • Pouya Rezaeinia, GSS
  • Janet Teasdale, Managing Director, Student Services
  • Kavie Toor, Senior Director, Facilities, Recreation, and Sports Partnerships
  • Pam Ratner, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment and Academic Facilities
  • Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President, Students, 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 and students on the following questions:

  1. What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead of the Vice-President, Students, in the coming years?
  2. What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to the role?
  3. Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  4. Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

To share your views, please email your comments by June 22, 2018 to our search consultants at candice@pfmsearch.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Reminder: Vote for your faculty representative on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver

This is a reminder that elections are now open to fill the vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017–2020 triennium.

Polls are open on the university’s WebVote system, and will close at 4pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

For voting instructions and candidate information please visit:
https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2018-board-governors-election-vancouver-faculty-member

If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Vote for your faculty representative on the Board of Governors

To: Faculty in Vancouver

 

Elections are now open to fill the vacancy for an elected Vancouver faculty member on the Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017-2020 triennium.

Polls are open on the university’s WebVote system today, and will close at 4pm on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.

For voting instructions and candidate information please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/2018-board-governors-election-vancouver-faculty-member.

If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar


Announcing the resignation of Dr. Louise Cowin

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

 

I am writing to let you know that Dr. Louise Cowin, our Vice-President, Students, has informed me of her intention to resign from her position.

It has been a great pleasure to work with Louise, and I want to express my gratitude, and the gratitude of the entire university, for her exceptional leadership in enhancing the student experience and her strong commitment to creating an inclusive and connected UBC community. Louise will continue in her role until later in the summer.

Louise joined UBC in October 2011 as the Vice-President, Students, and during her tenure the student community has grown and students’ expectations have diversified. Learning takes place across the entire student experience, both within and outside the classroom, and a degree from UBC is rich with disciplinary, personal and professional outcomes.

At each turn, Louise has been strategic in her thinking, strongly principled in her actions and genuine in her partnerships. Very often, Louise has been called on to provide effective and steady leadership in the most challenging of situations.

Working from a place of deep partnership with students, staff, faculty and alumni, Louise and the VPS team have accomplished much during her tenure. This includes increased support for student health and wellbeing, the opening of 3,225 new beds in student housing, the development of a comprehensive university wellbeing promotion strategy and the launch of a 20-year strategy to enhance athletics and recreation facilities.

Furthermore, Louise and her team have increased Thunderbird and community pride through major athletics events, enhanced sport science supports to drive further Thunderbird success, as well as making advancements in student diversity initiatives such as increasing supports for the WUSC Scholars Program, and the development of the Student Diversity Initiative.

Louise has been a strong contributor and voice at the Executive table and at the Board of Governors for students, and student life, here at UBC. Louise served in ways that brought out the best in everyone she worked with. We will all miss her open, respectful and accountable leadership.

An Interim Vice-President, Students, will be announced shortly, as will the process for a search to find our next leader. I am grateful that Louise has agreed to assist with transition in the portfolio over the next few months to ensure that a number of key strategic priorities are well stewarded.

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, I want to thank Louise for her exceptional leadership, and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Update your UBC wireless connection by May 9

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As some of you may know, important changes affecting UBC’s wireless (WiFi) connections will be made on May 9, 2018 (UBC Secure, Eduroam, UBC Private). UBC’s current WiFi certificate expires on that date, affecting wireless access for faculty, staff and students at UBC’s campuses and distributed learning sites.

Thank you to those departments who have already updated their WiFi connections ahead of the May 9 deadline. For anyone who has not yet completed this WiFi update, you must download and install the Autoconnect tool on your mobile devices by May 9 to ensure a seamless transition from the existing wireless connection to the new one (with the exception of Android users – see below).

For UBC IT desktop-supported computers and laptops:

Desktop computers and laptops that are managed by UBC IT will be upgraded remotely and no further action is required. However, if you receive a prompt requesting “administrator password”, please connect with your IT support team or the appropriate IT Service Centre.

For iOS/MacOS/Windows OS users:

To run the AutoConnect tool on each of your iOS, MacOS, or Windows OS mobile devices, please visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect.

For Android/Chrome OS users:

To run the AutoConnect tool on your Android device, please visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect on or after May 9. Android devices do not allow for concurrent network set-up. This process takes less than 5 minutes per device to complete and should be done while on campus.

For faculty, staff, and students at hospital sites:

Please note that the faculty, staff, and students at the following locations are encouraged to use Eduroam as their default WiFi connection as UBC Secure will be deactivated at these sites on May 9: Vancouver General Hospital, Diamond Health Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital, B.C. Children’s & Women’s Hospital, and Richmond Hospital.

On-site support:

Beginning May 7, there will be pop-up UBC IT kiosks at several campus locations to provide in-person assistance. Visit www.it.ubc.ca/autoconnect for a confirmed list of campus landmarks and full schedule.

If you have any questions or experience difficulties, please contact the following IT Service Centres:

UBC Vancouver: www.it.ubc.ca/helpdesk | 604.822.2008
UBC Okanagan: https://it.ok.ubc.ca/contact.html | 250.807.9000

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Jennifer Burns
Associate Vice-President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer



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