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Message From President On Appointment Of New VP Of Research At UNB

I am pleased to announce that David H. Burns has accepted the position of Vice-President (Research) and will begin his new role at the University of New Brunswick on August 1, 2012.

In the interim, Dr. Gregory Kealey will continue as Vice-President (Research).

Dr. Burns will provide leadership and vision in shaping UNB’s strategic research direction and agenda. He will build on the success of the Office of Research Services and continue to promote, strengthen and enhance the dynamic culture of research within UNB, further expanding faculty activity in the area and fostering a general enthusiasm, excitement and motivation for research.

Dr. Burns comes to us from McGill University in Montreal where he has spent more than 18 years contributing to the betterment of that institution. In particular, his experience in cultivating the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship will be valuable to the University of New Brunswick as our institution continues to work with academic, business, and government partners on the commercialization of ideas.

At McGill, Dr. Burns served as a chemistry professor, scientific director of the Respiratory Health Networks’ centres of excellence, chief scientific officer of molecular biometrics, and associate dean for the faculty of science.

He has also worked at the University of Washington as a research fellow, research assistant professor and research associate professor.

Dr. Burns earned his PhD in analytical chemistry at the University of Washington (’84) and his bachelor of chemistry and mathematics degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (’79).

His research has received millions of dollars in funding grants and awards, and his work has been recognized by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, BioQuébec, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Society of Canada, among many others.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Burns to the University of New Brunswick.


Dr. H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell
UNB President