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News Release

April 12, 1999

Brian Sullivan to become vice-president, students, at UBC

Brian Sullivan, the University of Guelph's associate vice-president (student affairs), has been appointed vice-president, students, at the University of British Columbia. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.

"This is a tremendous gain for UBC, but a loss for the University of Guelph," said provost Iain Campbell. "Brian Sullivan has played a major role in the development of U of G's excellent reputation as a student- and learner-centred university. The most notable of his accomplishments is his work with student affairs directors and college deans to integrate student services units with academic programs."

President Mordechai Rozanski added that "Brian has shown deep commitment to students and this university for more than a decade. He has established the University of Guelph as one of Canada's pre-eminent leaders in student affairs policy, program development and administration. We are very sorry to see him go, but wish him great success."

Sullivan received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1968 and a master's of public health (hospital administration) from Yale University in 1970. He joined U of G in 1984 as executive assistant, Office of the Provost, when provost was the title used for the chief student affairs officer. He was appointed acting provost, student services, in 1987 and was named associate vice-president (student affairs) in 1988.

"It is going to be hard to leave the University of Guelph," Sullivan said. "I am very proud to be part of a University that is so truly committed to its students and focused on their total learning experience. I have learned a lot at Guelph and feel fortunate to bring this experience to bear on the new challenges at UBC." At UBC, Sullivan will oversee recruitment and admissions, student services, residences, athletics, recreation, community outreach and alumni relations. This portfolio has a total budget of $142 million and 460 staff.

"We are pleased for Brian and wish him the best of luck in his new position," said Central Student Association spokesperson Jessica Carn. "He has been a valued member of the University community for many years, and his contributions to the well-being of the student body will not soon be forgotten. He will be missed."

In a statement, UBC president Martha Piper said, "We place a high value on the well-being -- intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual -- of our students. We feel that Brian's experience, skills, vision and energy will help us provide the learning environment in which students will thrive."

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