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Laurier reappoints Bruce Arai as dean of the Brantford campus
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Apr 26/12| For Immediate Release
Kevin Klein, External Relations Coordinator
BRANTFORD – Bruce Arai has been reappointed as the dean of the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. His new term begins July 1, 2012.
Arai joined Laurier Brantford as associate dean in 2003. He served as acting dean from 2005 until being named dean on July 1, 2008. He also served one year as acting principal/vice-president of the Brantford campus.
“Bruce Arai has been integral to the success of the Brantford campus over the past decade,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier vice-president: academic and provost. “He has played a key role in the development of new programs and has been a leader in the development of innovative partnerships with Nipissing University, Mohawk College, Six Nations Polytechnic and, most recently, Conestoga College. These partnerships have helped to make Brantford such a unique campus.”
Arai earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary before moving on to graduate work in sociology, first at the University of New Brunswick and later at the University of British Columbia, where he received his PhD. His research focuses on the sociology of work, the sociology of education, and, more recently, health assessment.
One of his goals for his next term is the transition of the academic structure at the campus to expand the scope and potential of the academic programs offered, and to allow for the development of other faculties in Brantford.
“The university expects the Brantford campus to grow significantly over the next decade, and we need to offer an attractive mix of high-quality programs from a range of traditional, interdisciplinary, and applied disciplines to make that happen,” said Arai. “I intend to promote that growth through internal program development, collaborations with other faculties at Laurier, and by continuing to build on our important partnerships with our partner institutions.”
Arai will be taking an administrative leave from July 2012 to June 2013. Business Professor John McCutcheon, program coordinator for the Business Technology Management program at the Brantford campus, will serve as acting dean.
Laurier Brantford has continually expanded since opening in 1999 with 39 students. Enrolment is projected to increase to more than 2,800 students by September 2012.