Senior Advisory Committee

Laurelle LeVert, Associate Vice-President Saint John

Dr. Laurelle LeVert is the Associate Vice President (Saint John) where she has oversight responsibility for a variety of areas including Student Services, (residence life, counselling and health services, accessibility, international student support, writing centre and academic coaching); Athletics, Recreation and Wellness; Strategic Enrolment Management, retention and student persistence; Information Services and Systems (IT network, student technology, instructional technology, desktop support), Experiential Education, and participation in UNB SJ’s health agenda as a member of the Tucker Park health cluster. Prior to joining UNB Saint John in 2012, Dr. LeVert was the Registrar and Director of Student Services at NSCAD University and before to that held a number of student affairs roles at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of King’s College, Halifax, her Masters in Classics at Dalhousie and a Masters of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She did her PhD in Medieval Studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

Fazley Siddiq, Dean, Faculty of Business

Fazley Siddiq has the distinction of having led a public policy school at a major research-intensive university and now a business faculty at another.  He was appointed to his current position as Dean of Business, and Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of New Brunswick Saint John in 2013.  Professor Siddiq has been a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was Canada’s 2012-13 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.  Dr. Siddiq served as a full-time member of the professoriate at Dalhousie University from 1986 to 2013 and was Director of the School of Public Administration from 2005 until 2011.  As School Director, Dr. Siddiq was instrumental in generating almost $5 million in external contributions, research grants and contracts in addition to significant pro bono and in kind contributions.  He was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1992 and to Professor in 1999.  Dr. Siddiq has also taught at Queen’s University at Kingston and has worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.  Most recently, he championed the expansion of the previously all-American Northeast Business Deans Association to include universities in eastern Canada, which is now reflected in NEBDA’s vision and mission statements.

James Kieffer - Associate Dean Graduate Studies

James received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Ottawa and his Master of Science degree and PhD in biology from Queen’s University. Prior to joining the biology department at UNB in 1996, he was a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University. James has participated on UNB Senate and the Board of Governors, and served as department chair of biology and acting dean of science, applied science and engineering. He teaches courses to support nursing and biology at UNB since 1996, and maintains an active NSERC research program. His area of research involves the physiology and behaviour of east coast Sturgeon. He has been the recipient of various teaching awards, including the Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award and The UNB Teaching Scholar.

Heather Finkle - Director, Financial and Administrative Services

Heather Finkle received her BA from UNB Fredericton, her MBA from Dalhousie and later obtained her CMA (now CPA) designation.  She joined the Financial & Administrative Services department in 1998 as the Financial Analyst for the research accounts.  She is now the Director of the department and oversees all financial functions, student accounts, and Human Resources.  Prior to joining UNB Saint John, she was the accountant for C98 and CFBC.

Kevin Simpson - Director, Facilities Management

Kevin Simpson received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from UNB in 2006 and continued on with his education, receiving his Masters in Business Administration from UNB in 2008. Kevin began his career at UNB in the fall of 2012, taking on the role: Director of Facilities Management. Kevin began his working career in the private sector, working for JD Irving for 6 years. At Irving, he worked as a project engineer on the engineering team and then moved over to maintenance, working as a mechanical maintenance supervisor. Kevin also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt in process improvement. At UNB, Kevin is responsible for overseeing all maintenance on campus, project management, utilities, snow removal, maintenance of grounds, cleaning, and mailroom services. Kevin also serves as the Vice-President of Professional Development for AAPPA (Atlantic Chapter of APPA (Leadership in Educational Facilities)) along with being named the professional development liaison for ERAPPA to APPA. Kevin takes great pride in the work he and his team do at UNB to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have adequate facilities that enables them to be there best.