UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 02 | Jan.
Pavlich appointed VP, Legal and External Affairs
Fund-raising functions to move to Administration and Finance portfolio
Law Prof. Dennis Pavlich, university counsel at the
University of British
Columbia, has been appointed to a new portfolio of responsibilities
Legal and External Affairs, effective Feb. 1,
Martha Piper has announced.
"Dennis is not only known for his extraordinary legal mind and abilities, he
is also respected for an impressive record of relating, and translating, to
our external communities," says Piper.
At the same time, Piper announced a re-organization of the
function that will see the development, business relations and
units move from the External Affairs portfolio to that of vice-president, Administration and Finance, Terry Sumner.
"This move recognizes that the phenomenal achievements of our Development
Office have grown from one-time campaigns to become an ongoing,
powerful and predictable revenue stream that is a key support for our goal to
be Canada's top university," Piper says.
Pavlich's responsibilities will include legal affairs, government
relations, international relations, public affairs, the Chan Centre
at UBC, and university relations (which includes the
and the Downtown Eastside Learning Exchange).
Piper cited Pavlich's intense involvement in a range of university governance
issues, his leadership in creating UBC's Comprehensive Community Plan in
collaboration with the GVRDand the City of Vancouver, and the role he
has played in provincial and federal government relations.
"He has been an eloquent spokesperson and a thoughtful, respected adviser
on some of the most challenging issues we have ever faced," Piper says. "He
has shown a commitment to this university that is incredibly deep."
Pavlich has been university counsel since 1999, and served as
Academic and Legal Affairs, from 1995 to 1999. A graduate
of the University
of Witwatersrand in South Africa and Yale University, he came to
1975 as an assistant professor of Law. His area of specialization is property
and condominium issues.
His appointment follows an extensive national search conducted by
of senior university and community leaders.
Pavlich takes over from Dr. Chuck Slonecker, who has been acting
vice-president, External Affairs. Slonecker, who teaches in the
Anatomy Dept., will continue in his position as director of University
"I want to thank Chuck for his inspiring leadership and wise counsel during a
critical growth period in the life of this university," Piper says.