Dr. Joanne MacLean is President of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) and officially took office May 1, 2018.
With more than 30 years of experience as a professor and university administrator, Dr. MacLean held appointments at the University of Windsor and Brock University in Southern Ontario before joining UFV in 2012 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees in physical education at the University of New Brunswick in her hometown of Fredericton. She holds a PhD from Ohio State University where she studied human resource management in sport and recreation, and administration in higher education.
Dr. MacLean has held positions as Professor, Department Chair, Athletic Director and Dean over the course of her career. As an accomplished university basketball coach, she was selected Ontario Coach of the Year three times while at the University of Windsor. She was invited to participate as an Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Student Team, was elected to the executive of Ontario University Sport, and became Vice President for Sport Programming of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Dr. MacLean acted as President of the Canadian University Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Chair of the Canadian Women’s National Basketball Operations Committee, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Canada Basketball from 2002-2008. She participated as a coach and administrator at three World University Games, and was Canada’s Chef de Mission at the same event in 2003 in South Korea.
She is the author of two books, and over 70 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Her research interests include human resources and performance management, sport governance, and the Canadian sport system. She was named a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management in 2009.
Dr. MacLean is the first woman to hold the title of President at UFV in a non-interim role. She and her partner Maureen live in Chilliwack, BC.