The University of Guelph has a new vice-provost (student affairs). Carrie Chassels was named to the position today. Her five-year appointment begins Aug. 27.
Chassels is currently associate vice-president (student affairs) at Vancouver Island University (VIU). She has more than 25 years of experience as an educator and academic administrator, including holding several leadership positions in student services.
“Carrie has the expertise, qualities and skills we were looking for,” said Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic).
“She has extensive knowledge of the role and of the value of student success and experiential learning, and a proven track record in leading successful teams. Her experience and enthusiasm for student learning and student life is infectious.
“I am confident that under her leadership and direction, we will enhance and build on our excellent reputation for student success, both inside and outside the classroom. I know that the University community will join me in welcoming Carrie to U of G.”
Previously, Chassels was director of student services and the school-university partnerships office and served as student services and personal support counselling supervisor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She also served as vice-principal and curriculum chairperson for the Toronto District School Board, interim athletic director at VIU and instructor at OISE.
She has collaborated on research projects on learning styles and learning communities and educational reform. At VIU, she initiated numerous programs to support services and success for Indigenous students.
Chassels earned a PhD and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Toronto and bachelor degrees in education and psychology from York University.
“The University of Guelph has an exceptional reputation for student affairs leadership and innovation that fosters student development, well-being and success,” Chassels said.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve as U of G’s vice-provost (student affairs), and I’m looking forward to becoming a contributing member of the University community.”
At U of G, Chassels will oversee co-operative education and career services, student housing, student life, student wellness services, athletics, child care and learning. Her portfolio involves nearly 300 part- and full-time staff and 1,000 student employees.
In making today’s announcement, Yates thanked Brenda Whiteside, who has served as associate vice-president (student affairs) for the past 18 years. Yates cited Whiteside’s years of service as well as “her devotion to students and the University and her tremendous leadership at times of change.”
Whiteside will retire Sept 1. An employee of the University for 35 years, she arrived at U of G as an undergraduate student in 1978.
Yates also thanked members of the search committee, which included faculty, students and staff members, for their hard work and commitment.