Jon Driver

Driver named VP-academic, provost

May 1, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU’s board of governors has approved the appointment of archaeology professor and graduate studies dean, Jonathan Driver, as VP-academic and provost for a five-year term commencing Sept. 1, 08.

Driver succeeds business professor John Waterhouse, who has held the position since 2000. The VP-academic and provost is the university’s second most senior administrative officer after the university president.

"I’m absolutely delighted that Jon has been identified as my successor for this job," says Waterhouse. "He’s a man of exceptional integrity, great intelligence, a tremendous capacity for work, a deep appreciation of the complex issues facing SFU and a great love for the university."

Driver, who grew up in England, joined SFU in September 1982 as an assistant professor of archaeology after earning a BA (`74) at Cambridge University and a PhD (`78) at the University of Calgary. His research specialties include zooarchaeology, cultural ecology and Paleo-Indian adaptations. He currently does research in the southwestern United States.

Driver has served on a variety of committees over the past 27 years, earning a university-wide reputation for fairness, integrity, pragmatism and a consultative approach. He has been dean of graduate studies since May 2000 and has served as chair of archaeology (1993-96) and as president of the faculty association (1991-92). He has also served on the university’s senate, both as a faculty representative and as dean of graduate studies.

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