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Announcements – July 12, 2021


The University of Prince Edward Island announced the reappointment of Greg Keefe as dean of veterinary medicine. Dr. Keefe joined the university’s Atlantic Veterinary College in 1996 and became a full professor in 2005. His areas of research include milk quality and mastitis, dairy production medicine and infectious disease epidemiology. Dr. Keefe’s was first appointment as dean was in 2015. He began a new three-year term on July 1.

Carol Ann MacGregor will begin an appointment as the new vice-president, academic, and dean at St. Jerome’s University, federated with the University of Waterloo, on Aug. 16. As vice-president, academic, Dr. MacGregor will be a member of the senior administrative team and a key relationship-builder with both internal and external partners. Most recently, Dr. MacGregor was the vice-provost, academic, and an associate professor of sociology at Loyola University New Orleans, where she was responsible for institutional research, accreditation, student success and summer school operations. She received a PhD from Princeton University, an MA from McGill University and a BA from Queen’s University.

St. Mary’s University has named Karim Dharamsi its new dean of arts and sciences. Dr. Dharamsi comes to St. Mary’s from Mount Royal University, where he was a professor of philosophy and chair of general education, a position he held for 10 years. While at Mount Royal, he helped develop and community of scholars and researchers and build the liberal education mandate that infuses every degree at the university. Dr. Dharamsi has published articles on the philosophy of history, education and liberal education. He joins St. Mary’s this month.

Karen Ragoonaden has been named dean of the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba, effective July 1. While serving as dean, Dr. Ragoonaden will also hold an appointment as a professor in the department of education administration, foundations and psychology. She previously served in several positions at the University of British Columbia, including professor and director of the Centre for Mindful Engagement, director of professional development programs, co-chair of the faculty of education’s Indigenous education council and faculty senior advisor to the president.

The University of Manitoba’s faculty of science welcomes Brian Mark as its new dean. Dr. Mark has served as associate dean, research, in the faculty since 2018. He has also served as acting chair and a research advisory committee member for Research Manitoba, as well on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology. Dr. Mark has mentored more than 50 graduate and undergraduate students and published almost 60 papers on infectious disease research and human genetic disorders. He began his position as dean on July 1.

Lakehead University has named Mirella Stroink as its dean of health and behavioural sciences. Dr. Stroink is a professor in the department of psychology and has served as its chair for two terms, from 2015 to 2021. In that role, she helped develop a new undergraduate curriculum and identified opportunities for the development of programs unique to Lakehead. Before coming to the university in 2004, she held teaching positions at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Trent University and York University. She received Lakehead’s Contribution to Teaching Award in 2013 and 2014 and was nominated by students for a Canadian Psychological Association mentoring award in 2015. Dr. Stroink begins her new role in August.

Kapil Lakhotia is the new chair of the board of directors at King’s University College. Mr. Lakhotia is the president and chief executive officer of the London Economic Development Corporation. He received an honours degree in economics from King’s and a master of economics from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Lakhotia also taught economics at King’s from 2005 to 2010. Most recently, he served as vice-chair of the board, and will serve in his new role for two years.

Mira Locher began a new role as dean of the faculty of architecture at the University of Manitoba on July 1. Ms. Locher joined the U of M from the University of Utah, where she led accreditation, program and curriculum initiatives. An English-language expert on Japanese architecture and gardens, her work focuses on community engagement through architectural design. In 2014, Ms. Locher was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. She is also a principal architect with Kajika Architecture in Japan and the U.S.

On July 1, Richard Jochelson began a new position as dean of the faculty of law at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jochelson, a professor in the faculty, champions social justice and criminal law education. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the Manitoba Law Journal’s criminal law edition and a founding member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Research. Dr. Jochelson has 15 co-authored books and edited collections and numerous articles and book chapters under his belt. He is also the recipient of a Student Teacher Recognition Award and the university’s Stanton Teaching Award.

Irena Creed was appointed vice-principal, research and innovation, at University of Toronto Scarborough for a five-year term that began July 1. Dr. Creed joins U of T Scarborough from the University of Saskatchewan and brings to the position a wealth of experience leading academic units and directing research centres and institutes. Dr. Creed is an internationally acclaimed ecosystem scientist who has studied environmental issues across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. A former Canada research chair, her scholarship has been recognized with various awards, honours and professorships, including fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada and an honorary doctorate of agricultural sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden.

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