UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor to leave early

UBC President Dr. Martha Piper has announced that, owing to illness, Dr. Barry C. McBride, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) of UBC Okanagan, will not be resuming his duties at the university. Dr. McBride initially went on medical leave in January, six months before his scheduled retirement date in June.

"Dr. McBride played a major role in the vision and creation of UBC Okanagan," says Dr. Piper. "We appreciate the contribution he has made and we send him our best wishes for a full recovery."

The selection committee for the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor has been actively engaged in recruiting an individual to assume the position of DVC effective July 1, 2006, which coincides with the end of Dr. McBride's original appointment.

"It is my intention to bring a recommendation with regard to the appointment of the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor to the Board of Governors in May, 2006," says Dr. Piper. "Dr. Richard Tees has readily agreed to continue in the position of Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UBC Okanagan, until June 30, 2006. We are all grateful to Dr. Tees for his willingness to continue to serve in this role."

In 2004, Dr. McBride was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President Academic and Research for the new UBC Okanagan. He previously served as Vice President Academic and Provost of UBC, beginning in 1998. Dr. McBride joined the UBC faculty in 1970 and served as head of Oral Biology for five years, as head of Microbiology for three years, and as the Dean of Science for eight years.

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