Dean Martin, director of Residential Life at UNB, has resigned from his position, effective at the end of the Fall term.
In an emailed statement obtained by the Brunswickan, Martin announced to the staff of Res Life that he would be leaving his position at UNB in order to take up a new position elsewhere on Dec. 20.
“I have enjoyed my time at UNB, and while I had been looking forward to continuing on in my role here for years to come, I cannot pass on the wonderful opportunity that was presented to me,” said Martin in the email.
Residence proctors were later contacted by Residential Life Coordinators with the news.
Dean Martin came to UNB in 2015, with the goal to improve the Res Life structure. He was one of the key people responsible for the controversial change in the Res Life system that saw the removal of residence dons this academic year.
The new system, which replaced dons with three full-time Residential Life Coordinators (RLCs) and lead proctors, received a lot of push-back from the residence community. Earlier this year, Martin said that Res Life was committed to a full review of the system in two years time. Martin will not be at UNB for the time of this review.
“It’s unfortunate that [Martin] has left mid-contract because it leaves the university scrambling for a replacement,” said UNB law professor Nicole O’Byrne, adding, “It’s not uncommon for university administrators to change positions fairly frequently. They have few (or no) obligations to students.”
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The UNB Fredericton Senate announced at a meeting last week that Mark Walma, assistant vice-president student services, is currently on sick leave for an extended period of time. Walma was the other main person responsible for the Res Life restructure, along with Martin.
As a result, UNB is bringing back Shirley Cleave, the previous associate vice-president academic, from retirement to oversee Walma’s portfolio while he is gone. Martin’s portfolio will also be passed on to Cleave.
“[Cleave] is a very competent administrator and I expect that she will be able to sort things out,” O’Byrne said.
According to vice-president academic George MacLean, there has been no discussion as of yet about the process of selecting a new director of Res Life.
“It is a little early to talk about the process of finding a new director,” said MacLean. “Dean will be here until the end of the term, after which the assistant vice-president of student services will oversee the portfolio.”
“We wish Dean all the very best in his future endeavours and thank him for all his service and commitment to UNB.”
The Brunswickan will keep adding to this developing story as we learn more.
With files from Emma MacDonald
Correction: A previous version of this article said that Dean Martin came to UNB in 2016.