UBC Okanagan Global Message

This email is being sent to all faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Search underway for Associate Vice-President University Relations

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the search for UBC Okanagan’s Associate Vice-President University Relations has commenced. Approved by the Board of Governors in June, the new role of AVP University Relations will increase leadership capacity for communications, partnership building and community engagement and will be key to supporting and enabling Outlook 2040.

A search committee has been struck to consider candidates and make a recommendation to the President, in accordance with Board of Governors Policy AP15. PFM Executive Search has been enlisted to assist with the recruitment process.

The committee includes:

  • Chair: Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
  • Robin Ciceri, Vice-President, External Relations
  • Leanne Takenaka, Associate Director, Communications and Marketing, University Relations
  • Dale Mullings, Associate Vice President Students
  • Gord Binsted, Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Richard Hart, Associate Vice-President Communications
  • Nicole Udzenija, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s Office
  • Amber Hanson, Communications Manager, Office of Vice-Principal Research and Innovation
  • Brad Wuetherick, Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic
  • Secretary to the Committee: Cara Kirkey, Project Coordinator, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Office

Thank you to these committee members for their service on this important search. This new role will work closely with many in our campus community and, as such, we invite you to share your thoughts on key attributes that will contribute to the success of this position. Comments and input are welcome to URavp@pfmsearch.com.

I know everyone will want to join me in thanking Bud Mortenson, who served as Director, University Relations, from the origins of the UBC Okanagan campus in 2005 until his recent retirement in December 2020. Bud’s thoughtful leadership played a key role in elevating awareness of the campus and exponentially increasing community partnerships, leading to the creation of this new role to build on this success.

I look forward to welcoming the new Associate Vice-President University Relations following a thorough and successful search.


Lesley Cormack
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
UBC Okanagan