Posted April 27, 2009

Ricketts named Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University

Ottawa – Carleton University’s Board of Governors has named Dr. Peter Ricketts, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost. Dr. Ricketts, who is Vice-President Academic and Research and professor of Geography at Nipissing University, will take up his post at Carleton on July 1, 2009.

Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton, stated she is delighted to welcome Dr. Ricketts to the university, saying that after an extensive search, the university community is looking forward to working with him. “His breadth and depth of experience, garnered at a variety of universities will be most useful. His knowledge of Ontario and the university system here will enable him to begin work immediately. His expertise in the area of environmental studies is an added bonus in view of the focus on that area in the university’s strategic plan.”

“I am truly delighted to be coming to Carleton as the next Provost,” said Dr. Ricketts. “I look forward to working with President Runte, the leadership team, faculty, staff, and students as we navigate through challenging times to position Carleton as one of Canada’s most innovative and progressive universities”.

Dr. Ricketts has had a long and distinguished career in higher education, beginning at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, where he was Professor of Geography and the university’s first Research Officer, establishing the Office of Research Support which has since evolved into the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. From there, he moved to Dalhousie University to become Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Environmental Studies. He developed the faculty’s first strategic plan and expanded graduate programming and inter-institutional program amalgamation as TUNS (the Technical University of Nova Scotia) joined Dalhousie.

In 2000, Dr. Ricketts joined Okanagan University College, the largest university college in British Columbia, as Vice- President (Academic.) During his term, he led that institution in academic development and renewal and in 2004 he was appointed President of OUC to lead the transformation process towards establishing UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. This process was highly successful and Dr. Ricketts was particularly lauded for his care and concern for the faculty and staff during the transition.

In 2006, Dr. Ricketts became Vice-President (Academic and Research) at Nipissing University, where he has led the faculty in planning processes and increasing the research intensity and focus of the institution. He worked well with students and maintained them as the central focus of the institution. He helped to establish a representative Senate for the university, restructured the faculties and expanded graduate studies and external funding. During his term, he worked well with the unions, reducing drastically the number of grievances despite dealing with significant changes, including new tenure and promotion policies and procedures, as well as position cuts.

Dr. Ricketts has been recognized as a leader nationally and has served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, President of the Coastal Zone Canada Association, Director of the OUC Foundation, Director of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and Director of Innovations Initiative Ontario North.

An expert in ocean and coastal management and strategic environmental assessment, he has published widely in academic journals and books, with research supported by grants from federal and provincial agencies including CIDA. He earned a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham and a PhD from the University of Southampton.

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