Professor Deborah Buszard is Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.
Professor Buszard served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan Campus from 2012 to 2020. Before joining UBC in 2012, Professor Buszard was at Dalhousie University where she served as Director of Environmental Programs and coordinated an initiative to create a new College and university-wide academic programming in sustainability. Prior to joining Dalhousie in 2006, she was Professor of Plant Science at McGill University and served as Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal of the Macdonald Campus from 1996 to 2005.
A plant scientist and strawberry breeder, Professor Buszard is author of numerous scientific and technical publications. She holds an academic appointment as Professor of Biology in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science on the Okanagan campus. Her current research interests include institutional innovation and sustainability.
Professor Buszard was born in the U.K. and received her PhD from the University of London. In addition to her academic work, she is active in her profession and as a volunteer.