UBC Organizational Structure

Governance of The University of British Columbia is balanced between the Board of Governors and the Senates, and flows through the President’s Office to the portfolios of the Vice-Presidents.

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The Chancellor serves as the titular head of the University, presides over all major ceremonies, and is an ex officio member of the Board of Governors, the Senates, and the Council of Senates.
The role of the President is to provide oversight and direction for the operation of the University, in accordance with the strategic framework and directions of UBC’s governing bodies, the Board of Governors and the Senates.

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The Provost and Vice-President Academic is responsible for the academic mandate of the University at its Vancouver campus, providing leadership in planning, policy development and management of resources to achieve strategic goals.  

Research is a central component of UBC’s mandate as a public university.  The Vice-President Research portfolio supports UBC research activities and the work of UBC researchers with strategic information, resources and tools.

The Vice-President Students is responsible for shaping the student experience and learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students attending UBC, and actively supports the University’s  strategic commitments through a focus on improving the student experience across all of them.  The portfolio also liaises on behalf of the University with student governments and select groups that represent and support students. 

The Vice-President Finance & Operations oversees UBC’s $2B+ operating budget across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The portfolio is also responsible for managing UBC’s infrastructure, building operations and ancillary businesses.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal is the senior administrator for UBC’s Okanagan campus and is a core member of UBC’s executive leadership team.

The Vice-President Development & Alumni Engagement portfolio champions UBC’s visions and values, fosters alumni engagement and attracts supporters to advance the institution. The alumni unit works in strategic partnership with alumni UBC, UBC’s alumni association.

The Human Resources portfolio provides support and advice to UBC departments and a range of services for faculty and staff, including recruitment and employment, training and development for faculty and staff, labour relations, benefits administration, and the development of human resource policies.

The External Relations portfolio is the University’s central planning and coordinating office for University relations and communications, both internally and externally, with government and the community. 

The Office of the University Counsel is staffed by a team of lawyers and other professionals who report to the University Counsel, and is responsible for all the legal affairs of UBC, with the exception of labour and employment matters.