Senior Advisory Committee

Laurelle LeVert, Associate Vice-President Saint John

Dr. Laurelle LeVert is the Associate Vice President (Saint John) where she has held oversight responsibility for a variety of areas including student services, athletics, residence life, strategic enrolment management, retention and student persistence, IT and Library services 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, ranging from the Faculty of Engineering to Dean of Residence at Loretto College. 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.

Joanna Everitt, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Joanna Everitt is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, a Professor of Political Science and a former Visiting Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (Fall 2013).  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and her BA from Carleton University. She joined the Faculty of Arts’ Department of History & Politics in 1997 and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2009. In 2007 she was awarded the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Joanna Everitt specializes in Canadian politics and political behavior. Her research specifically examines gender differences in public opinion, media coverage of male and female party leaders and its impact on leadership evaluations, and advocacy organizations and social capital. She was the lead investigator for the 2014 New Brunswick Election Study and was part of the team of scholars that produced the 2004, 2006 and 2008 Canadian Election Studies.  She is the co-author of Dominance and Decline: Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections (U of T Press, 2012), Advocacy Groups: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC Press, 2004) and co-editor of Citizen Politics: Research and theory in Canadian political behaviour (Oxford University Press, 2002).  She has also published dozens of articles in national and international journals and edited collections.

Bruce MacDonald, Acting Dean Faculty of Science, Applied Science and Engineering (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017)

Dr. Bruce MacDonald was appointed the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in July 2010. He received his BSc from Acadia University, MSc from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to joining the Biology department in 1992 he was a Professor of Research and NSERC University Research Fellow at the Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University.  Before becoming the Associate Dean Dr. MacDonald served for two terms as the Chair of the Biology Department at UNBSJ.

Dr. MacDonald teaches in the areas of Ecology, Marine Ecology and Oceanography. He was a recipient of a UNB merit award in 2009 and the departmental award for excellence in teaching in 2010. His area of research involves the physiology and ecology of marine species and how they function in the marine environment including their possible uses as bio-filters to reduce the potential impacts of some pollutants released into the local environment . Dr. MacDonald has been a Principal Investigator in two of Canada’s National Centres of Excellence (NCE). He has served on the Executive for national scientific and academic organizations such as the Canadian Association of Underwater Sciences (CAUS) and the Canadian Council on University Biology Chairs (CCUBC).

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.

Lilly Both – Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017)

Dr. Lilly Both received her BA Honours Degree from the University of Manitoba, and her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo.  She served as chair of the Department of Psychology before being appointed the Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.  Dr. Both teaches in the area of Developmental Psychology and research ethics.  She was the recipient of the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999) and was the University of New Brunswick’s Teaching Scholar for 2006-2009.  Her research involves peer relationships and social skills across the life-span, with an emphasis on correlates of well-being and life satisfaction.

Mark Bishop - Registrar

Mark has been employed with UNB for eight years, six spent on the Fredericton campus as an academic advisor and Associate Registrar, joining UNB Saint John as Registrar in January of 2010.  He has over thirteen years of experience working within the post-secondary environment, particularly in recruitment, admissions, advising and administration.  Mark's educational background and experience is in youth development and counselling, and he is a strong believer in the purpose and place of post-secondary education in that development.

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.