Science dean named to V-P, Academic post

Faculty of Science Dean Prof. Barry McBride has been appointed vice-president, Academic and Provost, for a six-year term beginning Jan. 1, 1998.

"Dr. McBride brings a breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise to this portfolio," said UBC President Martha Piper. "I very much look forward to working with him to advance the vision of the University of British Columbia."

McBride, UBC's dean of Science since 1990 and a UBC faculty member since 1970, has held numerous academic and administrative roles at the university. A member of the university Senate since 1987, he serves as chair of several university committees and has been involved with a range of scientific organizations.

The vice-president, Academic and Provost, reports to the president and is responsible for providing leadership and vision in setting the overall academic priorities and direction for the university.

In 1996-97 the vice-president administered a budget of approximately $300 million. Several senior academic and administrative positions report directly to the vice-president including four associate vice-presidents and the 12 deans of faculties.

The selection of McBride was the result of an extensive consultative process co-ordinated by a President's Advisory Committee.

He takes over from Dan Birch who is completing his second six-year term in the position. Birch, a professor in the Dept. of Educational Studies, will return to research and teaching in the Faculty of Education.