We are pleased to announce that UBC’s Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dale Mullings as Associate Vice-President, Students at UBC Okanagan beginning September 1, 2020.
Mullings comes to UBC from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), where he has served since 2013 as Assistant Dean, Students and International Initiatives. Previously, he served as UTM’s Director, Residence and Student Life, and Director of Student Housing and Residence Life, and was an Instructor in Education Studies.
During his time at UTM, the campus doubled in size, from approximately 7,500 to 15,000 students – including more than 3,500 international students.
A skilled administrator and communicator, Mullings has a strong record of collaboration with students, faculty, staff and community members. With an emphasis on integrated learning, he has led the development of several major student learning and development initiatives in partnership with academic departments, local school boards and non-profit organizations, and globally with non-governmental organizations and universities abroad.
Through consultation and collaboration with students, faculty and staff, he developed innovative student-focused services built around the local needs of the diverse and growing student population. These include the Centre for Student Engagement, the International Education Centre and, in consultation with the Council of Aboriginal Initiatives Elders’ Circle, UTM’s Indigenous Centre.
He holds a Master of Education degree in higher education from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in political science and English, and is a PhD candidate in leadership, adult and higher education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. As a scholar-practitioner he is focused on student success, with an emphasis on access, engagement, and retention.
Special thanks to Michelle Lowton, who has served as interim Associate Vice-President, Students since January, and will resume her role as Director of Student Development and Advising.
We thank all those who participated in the search process, and look forward to working with Dale as UBC and the entire Okanagan campus team continue to serve the needs of students from across Canada and around the world.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal