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Leanne Holland Brown appointed Dean of Students, Laurier Waterloo
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WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Leanne Holland Brown to the position of Dean of Students for the Waterloo campus, effective September 1.
The newly revised role of Dean of Students, Laurier Waterloo is part of a strategic change within the Department of Student Affairs that also includes the creation of a Dean of Students position for the Laurier Brantford campus.
A candidate search for the Dean of Students, Laurier Brantford is still underway.
The overall change in Student Affairs is designed to enhance Laurier’s innovative approach to student-centred education at a time when enrolment is growing and the university continues to evolve as a multi-campus institution. Dedicating one Dean of Students to the Waterloo campus and another to the fast-growing Brantford campus will enable each dean to focus more directly on students and on the student-life needs of their respective campuses.
The Dean of Students, Laurier Waterloo, will report to David McMurray, Laurier’s Vice-President, Student Affairs, who until May held the title of Dean of Students and Assistant Vice-President, Student Services. The Dean of Students, Laurier Brantford, will report to McMurray and to Lesley Cooper, Acting Principal/Vice-President of the Brantford campus. This co-reporting structure creates a direct line to senior leadership on both campuses and supports a strong multi-campus operational model.
“These changes are strategically designed to ensure that our students continue to receive an outstanding university experience, “ McMurray said. “The changes also support Laurier’s commitment to the intentional integration of its academic/curricular agenda with the co-curricular facets of student learning and development, all with a view to enhancing student engagement and success.”
Leanne Holland Brown has a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and has served as manager of Laurier’s Student Leadership Centre since 2007. Previously, she was the student life coordinator at Conestoga College. She has also worked as a residence-life area coordinator at Laurier and as a residence-life coordinator at the University of Waterloo.
“Leanne is an experienced and enthusiastic leader who has earned the respect of colleagues and students throughout her career,” McMurray said. “She will bring a tremendous amount of energy, innovation and creativity to her new role as Dean of Students, Laurier Waterloo.”
Kyle Walker, president of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU), said Holland Brown has been a knowledgeable and supportive resource for WLUSU and for Laurier students.
“We are tremendously thrilled with this appointment and know that Leanne will continue to apply her great enthusiasm and passion for student life in her new role,” he said.
Holland Brown said she is excited by the opportunity to help shape the exceptional student experience at Laurier by “cultivating relationships and advancing a culture where academic excellence, educationally-purposeful activities, reflection and leadership intersect.
“I am elated to be Dean of Students for Laurier Waterloo and I take great pride in working alongside wonderful students, staff and faculty in creating an unrivaled Laurier student experience,” she said.