Dean Rickey Yada moves to University of Alberta in October
January 29, 2024 – Dean Rickey Yada has accepted a position at the University of Alberta as the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES). He will start this new position on October 1, 2024, upon the completion of his Deanship in LFS, “the Friendly Faculty”, on September 30, 2024.
“I’ve had the honour and privilege of being Dean in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems since 2014,” says Dr. Yada. “I want to thank the wonderful community in LFS – you make coming to work a joy. When I started, I was amazed by the breadth of research in LFS across the entire food system, and the passion and drive shown by faculty, students and staff who strive to make the world a better place, both in our local community and globally.”
Under his tenure, Dr. Yada worked with faculty and staff to oversee several groundbreaking projects. The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz recently underwent barn renovations and installed robotic equipment, making it one of the largest robotic milking research sites in North America.
Later this year, the BC Food and Beverage Innovation Centre at UBC will open – a core facility in the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s food hub network. The Centre aims to foster growth in the local economy with improved access to novel, high-tech equipment, and with the delivery of continuing education and support services for food businesses.
There is a search underway, led by the UBC Provost’s office, for a new Dean for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. For details, you can visit: https://academic.ubc.ca/academic-community/searches/dean-faculty-land-and-food-systems