McDermott + Bull has been engaged to lead the search for Vancouver Island University’s Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This search will be led by McDermott + Bull Principal Alex Verdecchia and Research Associate Alina Ivanets.

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island and the coastal British Columbia shoreline, Vancouver Island University (VIU) plays a vital role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of the area. With its main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River, and Parksville, VIU enriches its growing student body and faculty by connecting coastal beauty and a culture of community with a high-quality education.

Continuing the progression of its commitment to student success, community engagement, and scholarship, VIU seeks a new Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities to lead the faculty through its next phase of development. Comprised of programs ranging from Visual Art to Modern Languages and Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies, there is significant potential for the development of new programs both within the faculty and across campus.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities is the senior-most academic and administrative officer and is responsible for providing strategic and innovative leadership to the faculty, managing the academic, personnel, financial, and research activities of the faculty as a whole. As a member of the Senior Management Team, they will work in collaboration with academic leaders, senior administrators and staff, and other key stakeholders to realize the University’s Academic Plan and forge VIU’s promising future.

To submit your CV and letter of introduction for consideration, in confidence, please go to more information, please contact Alina Ivanets at or Alex Verdecchia at in McDermott + Bull’s Vancouver office.