Heather Hemming is serving as Acadia University’s acting vice-president, academic, as of July 1. A two-time graduate of the university, Dr. Hemming became a faculty member in the school of education in 1986 and was appointed director in 2000. In 2007, she was appointed dean of the faculty of professional studies, which encompasses the schools of education, business, kinesiology and community development.
Brock University has named an inaugural director for its new Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, one of two new student service hubs created in the spring. Sarah Pennisi, who holds a PhD in social work, began her new role on July 18 after previously serving as the Niagara Region’s director of social assistance and employment opportunities since 2005.
Gitta Kulczycki will become the University of Alberta’s next vice-president, finance and administration, on Nov. 1. Ms. Kulczycki, currently Western University’s vice-president, resources and operations, holds a commerce degree from Laurentian University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. She was previously a hospital executive in Calgary and Kitchener, Ontario.
Bob Nice has been named Trinity Western University’s new chief financial officer and senior vice-president of business affairs. Mr. Nice was previously chief financial officer for the Armstrong Group, senior finance leader for Irving Oil and owner of a business consulting firm. He will oversee TWU’s finance, human resources, IT and campus facilities departments in his new role.
McGill University’s new dean of students is Chris Buddle, an associate professor in the faculty of agricultural and environmental studies. Since 2014, he has also served as associate dean of student affairs. Dr. Buddle received the C. Gordon Hewitt Award for Excellence in Entomology in Canada and the Desire2Learn Teaching Innovation Award.
Jodi Hutchinson Misheal has been named interim vice-president, advancement, of St. Thomas University, starting Sept. 1. She previously served as director of development at St. Mary’s University and director of alumni affairs at Mount Allison University, and most recently was the owner of Red Letter Philanthropy Counsel, a company advising non-profit organizations on fundraising strategy.
Kathryn Elton began a new role on Aug. 2 as chief of advancement at University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Ms. Elton has held senior management positions in donor relations and development at the University of Guelph and, in 2012, joined the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall as director of major giving.
Shirley Hoy has been appointed the new chair of the University of Toronto Governing Council, which oversees management of the university’s academic, business and student affairs. Ms. Hoy was chief executive officer of Toronto Lands Corporation until 2014 and served as city manager of Toronto from 2001 to 2008.
The University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business has named Keith Willoughby as its interim dean, effective July 1 for a one-year term. Dr. Willoughby joined the school in 1997 as an assistant professor and later returned to the U of S in the role of associate dean in 2011. He has previously worked for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council as a senior operations research specialist.
On Sept. 1, Rene Van Acker became the next dean of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College. Dr. Van Acker was previously associate dean, external relations, at the college and a professor in the U of G’s department of plant agriculture. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the department of plant science at the University of Manitoba and an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University.
Saint Mary’s University has appointed Karen Oldfield chair of its board of governors. Ms. Oldfield is president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority and, since joining the board in 1997, has served on various committees and as vice-chair in 2012. She serves as national chair of the International Women’s Forum of Canada and is a member of Canada’s Public Policy Forum.
William Gough, a professor of environmental science at the University of Toronto Scarborough, has been appointed UTSC’s vice-principal, academic, and dean. Dr. Gough is a climate change scientist whose research includes topics such as climate change in the Eastern Arctic and air quality in southwestern Ontario. He has served as department chair of physical and environmental sciences, and vice-dean of faculty.
Jennifer Mactavish has been reappointed vice-provost and dean of Ryerson University’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Mactavish is a professor in the school of disability studies whose research has examined the quality of life of people living with intellectual disabilities. She has received the International Paralympic Committee Scientific Achievement Award, the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The University of Ottawa has named Sue Hylland director of sports services, effective Aug. 22. Ms. Hylland, a former CIS basketball player, joins U of Ottawa from her position as president and CEO of the Canada Games Council. She was previously executive director of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, and worked with the Canadian Olympic Committee for 18 years.
The University of British Columbia has appointed Pamela Ratner its new vice-provost and associate vice-president, enrolment and academic facilities, effective July 1. Dr. Ratner served in this role on an interim basis over the previous year. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in UBC’s school of nursing in the faculty of applied science, and the faculty of education.
Jennifer Love, a professor of chemistry at the University of British Columbia, began a new role on July 1 as senior advisor on women faculty. Dr. Love will work with faculties and senior administration around policies and practices that promote equity for women faculty, providing advice and serving as a resource to UBC’s academic leadership on matters of significance to women faculty.
On July 1, the University of British Columbia appointed Neil Guppy as its first senior advisor on academic freedom. Dr. Guppy is a professor in the department of sociology at UBC and has served as associate dean in the faculty of arts and as vice president, academic programs. In his new role, Dr. Guppy is responsible for leading a conversation about the centrality of academic freedom to UBC’s missions and for developing educational materials in support of academic freedom.
The University of British Columbia reappointed Blye Frank dean of the faculty of education at the Vancouver campus, effective July 1. Dr. Frank began in this role five years ago, after serving as head of Dalhousie University’s medical education division. He is a professor in UBC’s department of education studies and his research focuses on masculinity and schooling, and men’s health.
Kurt Schlachter was appointed chair of the University of Lethbridge’s board of governors. Dr. Schalchter is a U of L alumnus, lawyer and regional managing partner of Stringam LLP. He has served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, the Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone and the Southern Alberta Epilepsy Association.
St. Francis Xavier University has named Karen Brebner its new dean of arts. Dr. Brebner is a neuroscientist who has been part of StFX’s department of psychology since 2006, most recently serving as interim dean of arts. Her research focuses on the uses of newly developed pharmacotherapeutic agents with the potential to treat addiction.