Community minded, research intensive, and student focused, Dr. Gina Grandy named new Dean of Business Administration

By Dale Johnson Posted: July 30, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Gina Grandy says, “We play an important role in our communities and we are a resource that our communities can leverage.”
Dr. Gina Grandy says, “We play an important role in our communities and we are a resource that our communities can leverage.” Photo: U of R Photography

Ever since she arrived at the University of Regna five years ago, Dr. Gina Grandy says she’s been welcomed with open arms – and that’s a big reason why she applied for the position of Dean of Business Administration.

“Our students, staff, faculty, and partners in the community are incredibly supportive and I have been afforded many wonderful opportunities since I arrived in 2013. I knew that in this role I would be able to give and do more for all of our stakeholders – especially our students,” Grandy explains.

Grandy grew up in Newfoundland, where she completed her first two degrees. Before coming to Saskatchewan, she lived in New Brunswick and England and has taught and studied in several other places including Nova Scotia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.

Her administrative, research, teaching, and consulting experiences are international in scope. She has held funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is co-editor of two books and her research on leadership, gender and women’s experiences at work, stigmatized work, and case writing has been published widely.

She continues to serve on academic and community boards, and over the past 20 years has consulted for a diverse range of organizations across Canada in strategic analysis, planning, implementation and leadership development.

Grandy, who assumed her duties as Dean on July 1, says foremost on her mind is strengthening community connections.

“We already have a strong tradition of this, which our student groups demonstrate year after year through their commitment to 5 Days for the Homeless and various other activities. I want to create more opportunities for our students to give back to the community, and also to enrich their curricular and co-curricular student experience through such initiatives as executive in residences, service learning, and new avenues of employment. We play an important role in our communities and we are a resource that our communities can leverage.”

She also says efforts regarding Indigenization and internationalization are key.

“Over the past number of years we have made great strides on these fronts and have an extensive list of international partners. I am eager to engage with the Faculty and our partners across the U of R and our federated colleges – Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College – and other partners elsewhere in Canada and the world, to assess what we have accomplished and outline where we want to go for the next five years.”

Grandy sees her role as Dean as being an ambassador for the Faculty and the University.

“What we do here is exceptional. We have a strong brand and we intend to elevate our profile regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our pursuit for a new building and international accreditation are longer term aspects of that priority. The successes of our students at regional and national competitions is something we want every potential employer to know. We also have exceptional researchers within the faculty whose research makes a significant impact on practice in many ways. I am also excited about getting to know our alumni and building a stronger connection with them. I see my job as finding ways to celebrate and promote what we do here and creating bridges to make it easier for those relationships to flourish.”

Grandy says she’s really settled into life on the prairies.

“Regina is now home for me. As a Newfoundlander, I will always long for the smell of the ocean, but Saskatchewan skies are remarkable. I have also learned that in many ways Prairie folk are not all that different than Atlantic Canadians, kind, generous, humble – and always deeply concerned about the weather.”