Dr. Ian Stuart, former director of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems at St. Francis Xavier University and former director of graduate programs at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Business, has been appointed Dean of UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Management.
"Our Faculty of Management offers an innovative and very popular Bachelor of Management degree, now entering its third year of operation," says UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Doug Owram. "We conducted a rigorous national search to find the right person to advance the program through these important development years and beyond. We are very excited about the future of the Management program under Ian Stuart's leadership as Dean."
He notes that Dr. Stuart brings outstanding teaching, research and business credentials to the Management program. "We know Ian will work closely with our region's business community to ensure the UBC Okanagan Management program continues to reflect the needs and opportunities presented by small and medium-sized enterprises in the Okanagan, and prepares students for successful careers anywhere in the business world."
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Stuart worked in the private sector for 11 years for Computing Devices of Canada, Atomic Energy of Canada and Esso Resources/Imperial Oil. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Queen's University, and holds a Master of Business Administration and a PhD degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
He teaches courses in operations management, quality management and supply chain management and his research has focused on operational effectiveness, strategic supplier alliances and service design and service quality.
In an effort to reach out to the practitioner community, Dr. Stuart has published in management-oriented periodicals such as the Ivey Business Journal, Sloan Management Review, and Business Horizons. His 2006 article in Business Horizons on designing service experiences won the Best Paper award.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the UBC Okanagan family," says Dr. Stuart. "I look forward to working closely with the business community of our region in developing Canada's premier undergraduate experience."
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