Monday, June 23, 2008

Leadership Responsibility ?

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June 12, 2008
UNB News Release: E357
Dan Tanaka, Communications Manager (506) 648-5697

Gregory S. Kealey will become the University of New Brunswick’s first provost, with responsibility for overall academic leadership during what is expected to be a chapter of accelerated change for UNB in the next few years.

Dr. Kealey will assume his duties as provost beginning July 1, 2008, for a term ending on Dec. 31, 2011. He will also continue in his current position as UNB’s vice-president (research) during this time.

“Greg Kealey has a clear understanding of how strong partnerships can advance both UNB and New Brunswick, as demonstrated by his leadership on the research front,” said John McLaughlin, UNB president. “I have every confidence he will continue to build strong relationships across UNB, nationally and internationally.”

A number of factors were considered by UNB’s Board of Governors in their decision to attach a provost mandate to the responsibilities of the vice-president (research).

The provincial government’s response to the recommendations of the Premier’s Working Group on Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick will set the tone for higher education in the province, and UNB will continue to play a central role in this agenda.

UNB’s recently established Commission on Inter-Campus Relations is also poised to make recommendations that will provide guidance for the university’s governance and administrative structures. The provost will fill an immediate need for overall academic leadership during this bridging period, working closely with the vice-president (academic) Fredericton, the vice-president (Saint John) and other senior members of the university’s management team.

“I am happy to accept this position at this critically important time for our university,” said Dr. Kealey. “UNB’s participation in areas of public policy and our impact on the social and economic landscape of New Brunswick have been significant. We want to continue to build on this foundation through improved governance and a renewed academic focus.”

Dr. Kealey has significant experience at UNB and at other Canadian universities, and has demonstrated effective academic leadership in the areas of research and graduate studies. Having lived in Atlantic Canada for more than half his life, he has a strong sense of the region’s rich history and a commitment to the role of Atlantic universities in promoting economic and social development.

Since his arrival at UNB in December 2001, from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Kealey has promoted and encouraged research initiatives and connected researchers to larger national and international communities. He has also successfully doubled research funding for UNB from government agencies, programs and industry. He holds a BA in modern history from the University of Toronto, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester.

In March 2005 he was appointed to the governing body of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), where he is currently a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Standing Committee on Research Support. He is also a member of the Industry Canada University Advisory Committee and of the National Research Council’s Institute of Information Technology Advisory Board. He has served as president of the Canadian Historical Association, president of the Social Science Federation of Canada and acting co-president of the Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada.

In his role as vice-president (research) at UNB, Dr. Kealey chairs the Board of Enterprise UNB, the university’s technology transfer facility. He also chairs advisory boards of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy, the Canadian Rivers Institute, and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and serves on the board of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Outside UNB, he is president of Knowledge Park Inc., a Fredericton Science Park, and serves on the boards of BioAtlantech, King’s Landing, Potato Research Cluster and the Research Productivity Council.

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. One of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada, according to Maclean’s, UNB has more than 12,000 students from more than 100 countries. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts 80 per cent of the province’s research. The university has more than 3,500 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of more than $160 million. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick.

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