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Lesley Cormack to assume top post at UBCO

The University of British Columbia Okanagan has a new deputy vice-chancellor and principal.

Lesley Cormack will assume the role on July 1, 2020, school president Santa Ono announced today.

“I am very pleased to welcome Professor Cormack to the UBC family and to this important position at our Okanagan campus,” Ono said.

“With her strong academic background, proven leadership and outstanding experience, I have no doubt that she will bring thoughtful and dynamic direction to UBCO.”

Cormack joins UBCO from the University of Alberta, where she served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts since 2010.

Before that, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University for four years.

“UBC Okanagan has built a well-earned reputation as an innovative research university with an entrepreneurial spirit and I can’t wait to contribute to its success,” said Cormack.

“I’m looking forward to spending some time to get to know the campus—its students, faculty and staff—and its community partners who play a crucial role in the success of any post-secondary institution.”

She’s a historian of early modern science and specializes in geography and mathematics in 16th-century England.

She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1988.

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