Library gets first dean; Isaac appointed in Commerce
A local faculty member and a pro-vice-chancellor from an Australian university are the newest deans at the University of Saskatchewan.
In the first appointment of its kind in Canada, Vicki Williamson was named Dean of the University Library by the Board of Governors in late November. In her position at the University of Ballarat in the State of Victoria, Australia, Williamson is a member of the executive leadership team with responsibilities that include student services, human resources and information services. She is also a Governor-in-Council appointee and deputy president of the Library Board of Victoria, governing body of the state library.
Educated at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, the University of Canberra and Canberra College of Advanced Education, Williamson’s current research interests include innovation, change management and strategic planning in education institutions as well as organizational culture of universities.
U of S Provost and Vice-President Academic Michael Atkinson said Williamson’s experience will “be of great benefit to the University Library, as well as the University of Saskatchewan as a whole”. He added the appointment of Canada’s first library dean illustrates the University’s drive for academic pre-eminence.
Her five-year renewable term begins March 1.
In the College of Commerce, Grant Isaac, professor of management and marketing, has been named to replace Lynne Pearson as Dean. His five-year renewable term starts July 1.
Isaac joined the University in 2000 after earning both a BA and an MA in Economics at the U of S as well as a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001. Currently the Chuck and Norma Childers Chair for Saskatchewan Enterprise, Isaac is also chair of the MBA specialization in biotechnology management and director of the BComm program in biotechnology management.
His national and international activities include positions with both the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade and the London School of Economics’ International Trade Policy Unit. Isaac is also a member of the Canadian Agri-Food Marketing Council.
“The appointment of Dr. Isaac demonstrates the calibre of leadership that exists on our campus,” said Atkinson. “He is an outstanding scholar, mentor and teacher who will bring valuable perspectives and new ideas to the College.”