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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the President
July 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Senior administration team

Jim Butler, Vice-President: Finance and Administration
The vice-president: finance and administration is responsible for finance, human resources, physical resources, safety and security, and a number of ancillary services. Jim joined Laurier in August 2002 after a 14-year career in university administration at the University of Windsor. He has taught courses in human-resources management, compensation management, pension management, and business policy and strategy for the Faculty of Business Administration at Windsor. He holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Certified Human Resources Professional designation from Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario. Jim currently serves as chair of the Council of Senior Administrative Officers of Ontario, which is part of the Ontario Council of Universities (COU). He also represents COU on the board of the Education Safety Association of Ontario, which includes Environmental Health & Safety among its responsibilities.
brian.jpg Brian Rosborough, Senior Executive Officer of the Brantford campus
The Senior Executive Officer of the Brantford campus creates opportunities and strategies that advance Laurierís academic mission, builds relationships with campus partners and stakeholders, and supports academic and administrative leaders. Before becoming Senior Executive Officer, Brian served as Laurierís Director of Government Relations, where he was responsible for informing public policy at the provincial and federal levels of government, and for advising Laurier on legislative matters that affected the university. He was instrumental in raising the profile of the university with government and securing additional government investment in Laurier, including $72.6 million in provincial funding for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) project. Working closely with staff on the Brantford campus and with such partners as the YMCA, Nipissing University, Mohawk College, Six Nations and Six Nations Polytechnic, Brian helped secure $40 million in combined federal, provincial and municipal funding for the planned Laurier-YMCA athletic and recreation centre. Brian has worked in public policy and government relations in Ontario since 1991 as a policy advisor and senior manager in a number of Ontario government ministries and as a consultant in private practice.
Robert Donelson, Vice-President: Development and Alumni Relations
As vice-president: development and alumni relations, Robert leads a new philanthropic vision and alumni-engagement strategy for Laurier as the university prepares for its 100th anniversary. He has more than 25 years of executive experience in fundraising and advancement, most recently as president of St. Josephís Healthcare Foundation in Hamilton. He previously served as executive director of St. Maryís General Hospital Foundation in Kitchener. He also played senior roles in development and alumni affairs at St. Jeromeís University in Waterloo. Robert has led multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns for St. Josephís Healthcare and St. Maryís General Hospital. At St. Josephís, he helped set a new record for annual donations to the foundation, including the largest personal and corporate donations ever in the organizationís history. At St. Maryís, he played a lead role in the One Voice, One Vision campaign that has raised $43 million for hospitals in Waterloo Region. Robert has extensive experience working with boards, volunteers and community groups.
Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-President: Academic and Provost, and Acting Vice-President: Research
The vice-president: academic and provost is the academic leader of the university, working closely with the president, vice-presidents, deans and faculty to develop academic programming and to advance the universityís strategic plans. Deborah, a distinguished zoologist with extensive experience in research, teaching and administration, served as dean of Laurierís Faculty of Science from 2007 to 2009. She contributed to many initiatives, including the establishment of a BSc in Health Sciences and the launch of Laurier Institute for Water Science. Prior to Laurier, Deborah worked for 13 years at the University of New Brunswick, where she served in several senior roles, including dean of science, applied science and engineering, and as director of the universityís international office. Deborah holds an honours BSc from Acadia University and a PhD in zoology from the University of Manitoba. She has authored or co-authored numerous articles and publications, and has secured research funding from many agencies, including NSERC, Environment Canada and CIDA. She has also served on a number of professional organizations, including a term as president of the Canadian Society of Zoologists.
David McMurray, Vice-President: Student Affairs
With a focus on the quality of student life and an exceptional Laurier student experience, the vice-president: student affairs is accountable for the development and delivery of all student-life policies, programs, services and facilities on all Laurier campuses. He plays a lead role in Laurierís innovative strategy to integrate its academic/curricular agenda with the co-curricular elements of student learning, development and engagement. Direct responsibilities include: accessible learning, athletics and recreation, community service learning, chaplains and multi-faith team, conference services, co-operative education and career development, counselling services, food services, health services, judicial affairs council, Laurier One Card program, learning services, Rainbow Centre, residential services, student diversity support, Student Leadership Centre and the Womenís Centre. David McMurray, whose undergraduate and graduate academic background is in kinesiology, has been an active member of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services for more than 30 years, serving as the associationís president from 2000-02. In 2004, he received the associationís highest recognition, the Award of Honour, which recognizes outstanding achievement, contribution and delivery of student services in Canada. He has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for excellence in higher education, administration and student services.