Western selects new VP-admin
By Dan Perry
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
“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.