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Western selects new VP-admin

By Dan Perry
Gazette Staff
Meghan Hart/Gazette
THE NEW VP-BOOZE AND DEBAUCHERY, ER, ADMINISTRATION. Gitta Kulczycki (centre), the new Western VP-administration, stands in between Dan McDougall (left), the chair of Western’s Board of Governors, and Western President Paul Davenport (right).

The months-long search for Western’s new VP-administration is over as the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Gitta Kulczycki.

“As a permanent VP-administration, [Kulczycki] can take a longer-term point of view,” said Western President Paul Davenport, adding he looks forward to working with her. “[She has] a unique combination of skills, she has a broad experience in finances — she is a great communicator.”

“I don’t think it’s a single factor;” said Les Ste. Marie, media and information services manager for the faculty of education and search committee member, when asked what clinched the decision. “We went through quite an exhaustive list of criteria for our search. From that, [we selected] the key elements of the person we were looking for,” he said, noting previous criteria was considered when making the list.

“We wanted someone with a proven capacity to provide leadership for that broad range of responsibilities and accountabilities,” Ste. Marie said, referring to the portfolio’s responsibilities for the university’s financial position, hundreds of administrative employees, physical plant and the Board of Governors.

“I’ve worked in some really unique places, and each one of them has given me some unique experiences and challenges,” Kulczycki said. “I think I bring a real strong commitment to working with people and a strong commitment to [the] team. No person is successful on their own; they’re successful because of the people they work with.”

For Kulczycki, the biggest career change may have come when she moved into the health care sector.

“The appeal of that and in coming here [is that] health and education make a difference to people,” she said of her current post as a vice-president and chief financial officer at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.

Kulczycki will replace acting VP-administration Jane O’Brien on May 17, 2004.



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