Message from the President on Appointment of New Vice-President
June 19, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK – I am pleased to announce that
David H. Burns has accepted the position of Vice-President (Research) and will
begin his new role at the University of New Brunswick on August 1, 2012.
In the interim, Dr. Gregory Kealey will continue as
Dr. Burns will provide leadership and vision in shaping UNB’s
strategic research direction and agenda. He will build on the success of the Office
of Research Services and continue to promote, strengthen and enhance the dynamic
culture of research within UNB, further expanding faculty activity in the area and
fostering a general enthusiasm, excitement and motivation for research.
Dr. Burns comes to us from McGill University in Montreal
where he has spent more than 18 years contributing to the betterment of that
institution. In particular, his experience in cultivating the relationship
between innovation and entrepreneurship will be valuable to the University of
New Brunswick as our institution continues to work with academic, business, and
government partners on the commercialization of ideas.
At McGill, Dr. Burns served as a chemistry professor,
scientific director of the Respiratory Health Networks’ centres
of excellence, chief scientific officer of molecular biometrics, and
associate dean for the faculty of science.
He has also worked at the University of Washington as a
research fellow, research assistant professor and research associate professor.
Dr. Burns earned his PhD in analytical chemistry at the
University of Washington (’84) and his bachelor of chemistry and mathematics
degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (’79).
His research has received millions of dollars in funding
grants and awards, and his work has been recognized by the Natural Science and
Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council for Near Infrared
Spectroscopy, BioQuébec, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Society
of Canada, among many others.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Burns to
the University of New Brunswick.
Dr. H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell