Two accomplished professors named new deans at Waterloo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The University of Waterloo appointed two respected and accomplished professors as deans of two of its fastest-growing Faculties.

On July 1, Professor Jean Andrey will begin her tenure as the new dean of the Faculty of Environment and Professor James Rush will start his term as dean of the Faculty Applied Health Sciences (AHS). Both are five-year terms.

“The appointment of Professor Rush and Professor Andrey demonstrates Waterloo’s commitment to research and academic excellence," said Ian Orchard, vice-president academic and provost of Waterloo. "Both individuals are distinguished in their respective fields and I look forward to working with them in these leadership roles to help Waterloo attain its goal of being one of the top universities in the world."

As a professor in Geography and Environmental Management for more than 25 years, Andrey is one of the longest-serving faculty members in the Faculty of Environment. Her work on transportation infrastructure and weather and climate change has influenced the management of road safety in Canada.

Jean Andrey"I am so honoured by this appointment," said Andrey. “The important work Faculty researchers conduct on climate change, ecology, urban development and building a sustainable economy is making a difference today, and our innovative programming prepares students to be the environmental leaders of tomorrow.”

Andrey is past-president of the Canadian Association of Geographers, a winner of the Women of Waterloo Region (WOW) award and is highly regarded as a distinguished teacher and mentor to students. She currently serves as interim dean.

“Professor Andrey is a shining example of an accomplished female leader of our University community,” said Orchard. “I am thrilled in the choice in leadership for both Faculties and look forward to working with partners, both ongoing and new, in furthering the mission of the University."

Professor Rush served as associate dean of AHS and a department chair for six years before becoming interim dean. A pioneering researcher, he joined Waterloo as a professor in the Department of Kinesiology in 2000. He was Canada Research Chair in Integrative Vascular Biology and continues to manage a vibrant research program.  He is on the board of directors for the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging and the Waterloo Regional Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation.

James Rush“The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences' tremendous research diversity positions us to be leaders in understanding and providing solutions for major challenges facing society especially those related to aging demographics and chronic health conditions,” said Rush. “It is an honour to be named dean and help champion improved health and well-being across the lifespan.”

Both Faculties have seen significant growth in recent years. In December the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences broke ground for a new 56,000-square-foot facility to support expanding student enrolment and research initiatives. The Faculty of Environment remains the fastest growing Faculty on campus, with a new building certified LEED Platinum and increased enrolment in the past five years.

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 23 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit uwaterloo.ca.

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