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UBC Okanagan Global | May 2, 2022

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Search committee formed for Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to provide an update on the search for the next Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan.


Selecting an executive to join our campus is always an important undertaking. The search for our next Provost is especially important given the role’s responsibility for academic leadership on the Okanagan campus and its UBC system executive function.


The search committee has been struck and consists of members nominated or elected by Senate, Board of Governors, and additional members as defined by the policy that governs the appointment of senior leadership.


Committee members

  • Lesley Cormack, Principal and Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Committee Chair
  • Phil Barker, Vice Principal, Research and Innovation
  • Harshita Chopra, Undergraduate Student
  • Tanya Forneris, Instructor, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Ian Foulds, Associate Professor, School of Engineering
  • George Grinnell, Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Sandy Hilton, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Management
  • Jennifer Jakobi, Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • John Klironomos, Member, Board of Governors
  • Jonathan Low, Doctoral student
  • Nancy McKenzie, Chair, Board of Governors
  • Margaret Reeves, Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Bill Sundhu, Member, Board of Governors
  • Silvia Tomášková, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Nicole Udzenija, Member, Board of Governors
  • Cara Kirkey, Project Coordinator, Principal and Deputy-Vice Chancellor's office
    (non-voting member and Secretary to the Chair)

I want to thank the committee members for their service on this important search for the next academic lead for the Okanagan campus.


The search firm, Perrett Laver, has been consulting with our community to identify opportunities and challenges for the role, as well as preferred traits and competencies of a successful candidate. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback.


A list of potential candidates is currently being reviewed and interviews are planned to commence in early June.


I look forward to keeping the campus updated as our search continues. In the meantime, I welcome any questions or feedback from the campus community at


Lesley Cormack
Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
UBC Okanagan

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