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School of Graduate Studies Announcements UNBF-FR and SJ

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Jun 11, 2018

Category: News and Notices

July 1, 2018 will see both Dr. John Kershaw and Dr. Bruce MacDonald moving on from their roles as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses, respectively: John to begin his new role in the office of the Vice President Academic, and Bruce to enjoy the pleasures of retirement! Please join me in thanking John and Bruce for their extended service to graduate studies at UNB and in wishing them well in their new roles and adventures.

At the same time, it’s a pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. James Kieffer, Professor of Biology at UNBSJ, to the role of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Saint John. Jim has had an active teaching and research career at UNB that has included extensive experience in graduate supervision. He has also had considerable administrative experience as Department Chair and as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science and Applied Science and Engineering, as well as Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

It’s a pleasure also to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin Englehart, Professor of Electrical Engineering, as Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Fredericton. Kevin has similarly enjoyed a vigorous teaching and research career at UNB with extensive graduate supervision. He also has considerable experience integrating and administering research and graduate activities in his role as Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBME) for several years. We are very fortuntate then to have Jim and Kevin both join the SGS to extend their support for graduate programming at UNB.

Finally, I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Mary McKenna will be reappointed in her position as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies with a focus on Interdisciplinary Studies. Mary’s current term ends June 30, 2018 and, anticipating that, a review committee was struck, feedback was solicited from the University community, and an evaluation was conducted, yielding the recommendation that she be invited to re-offer for the position. I’m pleased to say that Mary has accepted to serve another term in the role and the SGS is fortunate to retain her dedicated energy and support of our graduate students.

I’m personally most grateful to John and Bruce for their unstinting service to the SGS and their devotion to the broader UNB community, and I’m equally grateful to Mary, Kevin and Jim for their enthusiasm to help continue this tradition!

With best wishes to all,

Drew Rendall

Dean, SGS

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