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‌“As President, I have a unique leadership privilege and you have my undivided commitment to this role. We are all role models who must portray strong positive values, demonstrate concern for the well-being of others, and seek to inspire others to achieve.”

− Dr. Joanne MacLean

Dr. Joanne MacLean was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley on May 1, 2018. Dr. MacLean is dedicated to leading UFV in its mission of engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community and ensuring UFV’s endeavours are guided by its values, strategic directions, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

As an institution situated on S’olh Temexw, the traditional territory of the Stó:lō people, UFV acknowledges the contributions that Indigenous people have made – and continue to make – to our community. Dr. MacLean is committed to moving UFV forward in reconciliation and to supporting Indigenous learners and honouring Indigenous ways of knowing.

Prior to joining UFV in 2012 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. MacLean held appointments at the University of Windsor and Brock University. She received a PhD from Ohio State University where she studied human resource management in sport and recreation, and administration in higher education. She holds a bachelor and a master degree from the University of New Brunswick in her hometown of Fredericton.

Dr. MacLean is the chair of the British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities, chair of U Sports Board of Directors, and currently serves on a wide variety of boards and organizations including Universities Canada Governance Committee, Abbotsford Airport Authority, and Abbotsford Character Council.

Dr. MacLean is the author of two books, and over 70 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She was named a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management in 2009.

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