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UBC law dean appointed as Simon Fraser University’s VP academic, provost

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 11:46 AM | By John Chunn


Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced that its board of governors has approved the appointment of Catherine Dauvergne as vice-president academic and provost from Nov. 23, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2025. Dauvergne will be taking over this role from Jonathan Driver, who will continue to serve as vice-president academic and provost pro tem until Dauvergne’s appointment begins.

According to the university’s press release, Dauvergne is currently finishing her first five-year term as the dean of law at the Peter A. Allard School at the University of British Columbia. During her term, she implemented an experiential learning curriculum, developed a post-graduation debt-relief pilot program — the first of its kind among law schools in western Canada — and led the implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action within the school.

Dauvergne also served as the special adviser to the UBC president from 2009 to 2011, where she was co-director of the international strategic planning group, led a provincewide working group on university finance and worked with the inaugural ombudsperson to support students at the school. Over her career, Dauvergne has worked in the areas of refugee, immigration and citizenship law and held a Canada research chair in migration law for 10 years. Dauvergne was named a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation fellow in 2012 in recognition of her contributions to public discourse and appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2019. At SFU, Dauvergne will join the School for International Studies.

SFU’s press release notes that the vice-president academic and provost is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all academic programs at the university, including student experience and student success, resource allocation, academic planning, quality assurance and support and development of faculty members. The position also works with others on the development of academic programs, faculty and portfolio budgets, faculty hiring plans and supports for students.