New provost brings en­ergy to the role

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - YOUR ESSENTIAL DAILY NEWS - Helen Pike Metro | cal­gary

It was a na­tional search that landed in Cal­gary’s back yard: Mount Royal Univer­sity is pulling a tal­ented can­di­date for their Provost and Vi­cePres­i­dent, Aca­demic po­si­tion from the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge.

Last year, the school’s provost Kathryn Shailer left her post sud­denly af­ter aca­demic staff voted down her aca­demic plan, and the school was in the midst of bud­getary spat be­tween ad­min­is­tra­tion and aca­demic staff.

Ef­fec­tive July 1, 2017 Les­ley Brown will be fill­ing the post, and she’s proud to do it.

“The peo­ple who stepped into the lead­er­ship role in the in­terim have done an ex­cep­tional job, and I’m very grate­ful,” Brown said. “I look for­ward to build­ing upon the foun­da­tion (pre­vi­ous) provosts have pro­vided for Mount Royal Univer­sity.”

She comes to MRU with a 20-year ca­reer at the U of L in var­i­ous po­si­tions, most re­cently serv­ing as the Vice-Provost and As­so­ciate Vice-Pres­i­dent, Aca­demic at the school.

Lots of work has been done since last year to mend the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ad­min­is­tra­tion and fac­ulty, ac­cord­ing to Duane An­der­son, Vi­cePres­i­dent of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices.

“Com­ing out of last year we did a com­plete re­view of things and struck an in­sti­tu­tion-wide task force,” An­der­son said. “It’s been work­ing very well over the past six to eight months, but it’s not quite done…we think we’re re­ally headed in the right di­rec­tion.”

Brown hopes to bring her sig­na­ture en­ergy and colour­ful per­son­al­ity to the in­sti­tu­tion.

“I think I can bring some en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm, ex­cep­tion­ally strong com­mit­ment to stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, to en­sur­ing they have the finest ex­pe­ri­ence to their un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion,” Brown said.

“I’ll also bring a com­mit­ment to in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity.”

One of her goals is to build new ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents through the fac­ulty and cre­ate re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cour­tesy

mount royal univer­sity welcomes les­ley Brown as new vi­cePres­i­dent aca­demic.

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