Campus Leadership & Administration
The University of British Columbia is one university with two main campuses—one located in Vancouver and the other in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley.
Senior leaders from throughout the UBC system report to UBC Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard. The senior administrator for the Okanagan campus is Lesley Cormack, Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Deborah Buszard, Interim President & Vice-Chancellor
The role of the President is to provide oversight and direction for the operation of the university, in accordance with the strategic framework and directions of our governing bodies, the Board of Governors and the Senates. Members of the President’s Executive group include:
- Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver
- Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan
- Vice-President, Research and Innovation
- Vice-President, Students
- Vice-President, Finance and Operations
- Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement
- Vice-President, External Relations
- Vice-President, Human Resources
- University Counsel
Dr. Lesley Cormack, Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
The Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Okanagan campus provides overall leadership for UBC in the Okanagan and is a member of the UBC system executive leadership team, reporting to the President. Key internal functions include:
- Ensuring an effective organizational structure that reflects campus operational needs;
- Leading strategic planning based on the imperatives outlined in the UBC strategic plan and campus vision documents;
- Ensuring strategic allocation and stewardship of resources for a sustainable financial plan.
The Principal works externally to foster effective relationships for the campus and the university at the local, national and international levels.
Dr. Rehan Sadiq, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan
The Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan is responsible for academic leadership and administration for the Okanagan campus, providing direction in planning, policy development and resource management to achieve the university’s strategic goals. (The Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver oversees the academic functions of UBC’s Vancouver campus).
The Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan provides leadership for the Okanagan campus’ nine faculties and schools, including Arts and Social Sciences, Creative and Critical Studies, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health and Social Development, Management, Medicine and Science. Also reporting to the Provost are:
- Okanagan Campus Library
- Centre for Teaching and Learning
- Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research
- Enrolment Services
- Okanagan Campus International Office
- International Student Initiative
Dr. Philip Barker, Associate Vice-President and Vice-Principal Research & Innovation
The Vice-Principal Research and Innovation is responsible for providing leadership and direction on all research matters on the Okanagan campus.
The Vice-Principal works to deepen the research and innovation culture on campus and build the structure and relationships necessary to increase research and innovation capacity, as well as advocate for the university’s research and innovation mission. Included in the responsibilities for this role are oversight of the University Industry Liaison Office, the Office of Research Services and the research institutes at the Okanagan campus.
Dr. Barker serves in the dual role of AVP Research and Innovation for the UBC system and Vice-Principal Research and Innovation for the Okanagan campus.
Dale Mullings, Associate Vice-President Students
The Associate Vice-President Students leads a portfolio which creates programs that aim to improve student success, facilitate program connections between students and their academic units, and build institutional affinity. The Students portfolio includes the following areas:
- Academic & Career Development
- Athletics & Recreation
- Indigenous Programs & Services
- Global Engagement Office
- Student Learning & Engagement
- Student Wellness
- Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office
Rob Einarson, Associate Vice-President Finance and Operations
The Associate Vice-President Finance and Operations provides leadership in financial and operational areas of the Okanagan campus and is a member of the UBC system financial team. This diverse portfolio includes:
- Campus Planning and Development
- Campus Operations and Risk Management
- Business Operations
- IT Services
- Integrated Renewal Program, Okanagan
Marten Youssef, Associate Vice-President University Relations
The Associate Vice-President, University Relations leads a portfolio that creates experiences and content that increases engagement and affinity with strategic audiences and raises the profile of UBC Okanagan. University Relations helps convey UBCO’s story through campus-wide ceremonies and events, communications and marketing, community engagement, and media relations and supports the goals of administration, faculties and departments. The portfolio includes:
- Ceremonies and Protocol
- Communications and Marketing
- Public Affairs (Community Engagement and Media Relations)
Adrienne Vedan, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor on Indigenous Affairs
The Senior Advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor on Indigenous Affairs position was created as a part of the university’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. In September 2019, UBC Okanagan committed to supporting and implementing five recommendations received from the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the DVC regarding meaningful support for reconciliation.
The Senior Advisor challenges UBC Okanagan to meet even higher aspirations related to Indigenous affairs and community relationships. The Senior Advisor to the DVC plays a pivotal role in building consistent, open channels of communication with faculty, staff and students, Indigenous communities, senior leadership, and those involved in Indigenous programming and initiatives.
Okanagan Campus Deans
Dr. James Olson, Dean
Faculty of Applied Science; School of Engineering (Dr. Will Hughes, Director)
Dr. Silvia Tomášková, Dean
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Bryce Traister, Dean
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem
Faculty of Education; Okanagan School of Education (Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director)
Dr. Peter Simpson, Dean
College of Graduate Studies
Dr. Marie Tarrant, Dean
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Dr. Sandy Hilton, Dean pro tem
Faculty of Management
Dr. Gino DiLabio, Dean
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
Dr. Sarah McCorquodale, Regional Associate Dean, Interior
Southern Medical Program (Faculty of Medicine)