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Former SFU Associate VP Academic takes new post at UNBC

December 18, 2014
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William (Bill) Krane, former associate vice president academic and associate provost for over a decade at Simon Fraser University, is taking up a new post as VP academic and provost at the University of Northern British Columbia, starting in May 2015.

With a career spanning 35 years at SFU, Krane will bring extensive experience in university teaching, research and administration to the position.

"Bill has a remarkable breadth of experience at SFU, in British Columbia and nationally, in fields as varied as enrolment management, campus building, budgeting, teaching and learning development, and strategic planning,” says SFU VP Academic Jon Driver. “He will be missed at SFU, but I am sure that UNBC will benefit from his deep knowledge of universities."

At SFU, Krane currently serves as special advisor to the vice president, academic and has been chairing the University’s Task Force on Flexible Education, exploring how the university community designs, delivers and supports student and instructor choice within academic programs, to meet increasingly diverse student needs.

Krane began at SFU as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and later joined SFU’s executive team as associate VP, academic and associate provost, in 2001.

“At the time, imaginative new directions were being established for the University in response to the challenges of B.C.’s changing post-secondary environment. I’ve been fortunate to have learned a tremendous amount from presidents and vice-presidential colleagues about approaches to managing the University’s affairs, developing extensive expertise in areas of strategic planning and budgeting, and infrastructure development along the way,” he says.

Krane has also been involved with a wide range of Ministry of Advanced Education and University committees, including SFU’s Senate Committee on Enrolment Management and Planning.

“Dr. Krane brings a unique skill set to UNBC, not to mention his reputation as an outstanding teacher, researcher, administrator and institution-builder,” says UNBC President Daniel Weeks. “His experience and expertise will allow him to make an immediate impact at UNBC.”

Krane says UNBC can take great pride in its reputation for delivering high quality education to its students across a diverse set of programs. “It’s this reputation that brings me to the North,” he says.

Krane notes in addition to enhancing its position as a major regional force for higher learning, UNBC also needs to assert itself on the provincial, national and international stages an adds: “I welcome the opportunity to help realize such a vision.”