Leadership update: Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Faculty Planning

December 15, 2021

Dr. Pamela Ratner, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Faculty Planning, will be stepping down from her role at the end of December 2021.

Since being appointed to her role in 2015, Dr. Ratner has made a significant impact within the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and UBC as a whole.

As Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Faculty Planning, Dr. Ratner has led enrolment planning and management, stewardship of existing and new academic space and capital projects, and contributed to university budget planning. During her time in the Provost’s office, she helped establish the Academic Capital Fund, which has made it possible for the university to move forward on much needed capital investments for academic facilities. She was also a key member of UBC’s Budget Working Group for the last six years.

In addition to these key responsibilities, Dr. Ratner has been at the forefront of UBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the Executive Director, Safety and Risk Services. It is an understatement to say that her dedication and commitment to UBC over the last two years have played a vital role in helping the university navigate the pandemic.

Dr. Ratner has been with UBC since 1995; she has provided considerable leadership and service to the University and broader communities having served as the School of Nursing’s Associate Director, Systems and Strategic Development, and PhD Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor, the Head pro tem of the Department of Educational Studies, and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Education.

Dr. Ratner served for several years as Chair of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Institute Advisory Board, Chair of the Board of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Governor of the Hamber Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Great Northern Way Trust, and on the Board of Trustees of the UBC Faculty Pension Plan.

We are currently working with the President’s Office to determine the process and timeline to fill the role of Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Faculty Planning. In the meantime, we will make an appointment on an interim basis, and will provide further updates in the new year.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Ratner for her academic leadership and collaborative spirit. We offer our best wishes for her next chapter.

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

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