Office of the President

UBC welcomes our 15th President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Ono

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Santa Ono has been named as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC.

Dr. Ono joins us from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in Ohio, where he has served as President since 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UC. Under his leadership, UC achieved its largest enrolment in its history and received numerous accolades, including being named Public University of the Year by the Washington Center.

Dr. Ono will become President on August 15 for a five-year term. He succeeds Dr. Martha C. Piper, who will end her term as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor on June 30. Dr. David Farrar, former UBC Provost and Senior Advisor to the President, has agreed to take on the role of Interim President after June 30 and prior to Dr. Ono’s arrival.

Dr. Ono is no stranger to UBC. Originally born in Vancouver, his father (Takashi Ono) was a mathematics professor at the university in the early 1960s.

As we welcome Dr. Ono, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the search committee, which comprised faculty, staff, students, alumni, senate and board members from UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. I would like to thank the committee for finding a visionary leader who will challenge and inspire us.

I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize Dr. Piper for her exceptional service to UBC. I know the students, staff and faculty have greatly appreciated her warmth and experienced wisdom.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ono to UBC.

Stuart Belkin
Chair, Board of Governors


David H. Farrar, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. David Farrar

Dr. David H. Farrar is UBC’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, succeeding Dr. Martha C. Piper and serving in the role until Dr. Santa Ono begins as UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on August 15, 2016.

Dr. Farrar joined UBC in 2007 as Provost and Vice-President Academic, and Professor of Chemistry. Previously, he held the role of Vice-Provost Students at the University of Toronto with oversight of central enrolment, student affairs, and student services.

Dr. Farrar received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, and his doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. He has authored or co-authored over 80 technical papers, holds five patents, and serves on several Boards.

As UBC’s Provost, Dr. Farrar was responsible for the academic mandate of UBC at its Vancouver campus between 2007 and 2015, providing vision and leadership in planning, policy development, and management of resources to achieve strategic goals. A strong supporter of sustainability initiatives, he also enabled conversations on the role of technology in supporting teaching, learning, research, and effective decision-making.

In 2015, Dr. Farrar transitioned to his most recent role at UBC as Advisor to the President, before becoming Interim President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2016.