Bunt named to new position of Assoc. V-P for Information and Communications Technology
The U of S Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Rick Bunt to the newly created position of Associate Vice-President (Information and Communications Technology) for a five-year renewable term, effective Jan. 1, 2001.
The appointment was the result of a thorough search by a committee chaired by Vice-President (Academic) Michael Atkinson. The 10-member committee advertised the position in several publications nationally and consultants assisted in the search. Nominations were gathered from across Canada.
Four candidates were selected for the two-day interview process. The appointment of Dr. Bunt, currently Professor of Computer Science and Acting Associate Dean (Science) in the College of Arts & Science, was strongly recommended by the committee.
"Dr. Bunt has been an aggressive advocate for information and communications technology for more than 30 years," Atkinson said. "We are delighted he has agreed to take this position."
Explaining the decision to recast the Associate Vice-President position, Atkinson added: "Technology decisions are fundamentally changing the nature of society, opening Canadas borders to the world and creating a knowledge-based economy. Dr. Bunt has a mandate to provide leadership on both the academic and administrative fronts to ensure that the U of S is well-positioned to take maximum advantage of our considerable strengths in information and communications technology."
Bunt holds a B.Sc. from Queens, and an M.Sc. and PhD from the University of Toronto. He joined the U of S faculty in 1972
He was promoted to full professor in 1982. He has served as head of the Dept. of Computer Science (1986-1991), as Acting Associate Dean (Academic) (1998-1999) and Acting Associate Dean (Science) (2000) in the College of Arts and Science.
He has a strong publication record in his discipline, and he currently holds research grants totaling $64,000 in 2000-2001.