U of R announces appointment of new Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: July 6, 2022 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Isabelle Dostaler will join the University as its new Provost and Vice-President (Academic) on October 1, 2022.
Dr. Isabelle Dostaler will join the University as its new Provost and Vice-President (Academic) on October 1, 2022. Photo: Memorial University

Dr. Isabelle Dostaler has been appointed as the University’s new Provost and Vice-President (Academic). University President, Dr. Jeff Keshen made the announcement on June 5 following the Board of Governors meeting that saw Dr. Dostaler’s appointment approved.

Her appointment comes after a comprehensive, nation-wide search which included public presentations. Dr. Dostaler will begin her five-year term on October 1, 2022. Until that date, Dr. david Gregory will continue to serve as Interim Provost and Vice President (Academic).

“I am truly honoured to have this opportunity,” says Dr. Dostaler. “I do like new beginnings and fresh starts and I have a great feeling about Regina. I really believe that universities need to be community-centred and it’s obvious that this institution is embedded in the city and the province.”

Dr. Dostaler joins the University after five years at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN) where she served as the dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. Prior to her posting at Memorial, she was a professor of management at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. While at Concordia, she served as director of accreditation, director of the aviation MBA, and director of the executive MBA.

“I’m looking forward to Dr. Dostaler joining the U of R team,” says President Keshen. “She is deeply committed to helping the University advance the key objectives outlined in our 2020-2025 strategic plan. Her contributions will enhance the institution’s performance in areas such as student success and satisfaction, teaching and learning, experiential education, Indigenization and decolonization, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and institutional recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Adds Dr. Dostaler about working with President Keshen, “I know that we both share similar values and a focus on students. We both want to serve.”

Dr. Dostaler holds bachelor and master’s degrees from HEC Montréal. She earned a PhD in management study from the University of Cambridge.

While at MUN, Dr. Dostaler spearheaded many important initiatives including the development of a strategic plan for the Faculty of Business Administration, introducing an MBA in social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and an innovative partnership that resulted in the bachelor of music/bachelor of business administration program. She also successfully prepared the Faculty of Business Administration for the maintenance of its accreditation.

“Higher education has to reinvent itself,” she says. “The pandemic forced us to change so much and we need to continue to evolve. We have a duty to do things to the best of our ability while being conscious that resources are limited. At the same time we need to protect academic freedom because it’s so crucial to the work that we do. Researchers and professors need to be free to be as creative as they can be because that’s good for learning and society.”

Among Dr. Dostaler’s research focuses are the automotive, electronics, aerospace and aviation industries. Her teaching focuses on strategy, critical business thinking, and technology management. She has authored more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters, more than 40 practitioner articles, and several newspaper articles.

She is a past recipient of the John Molson School of Business Dean’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and was a nominee for the Gérard-Parizeau award, which recognized the exceptional contribution of a Quebec university faculty member to the field of transportation.

Dr. Dostaler is looking forward to relocating to Regina and come October 1, she intends to get down to the business.

“The first thing I intend to do is to immerse myself in the institution,” she says. “I need to understand what the University of Regina is about from the perspective of the collection of people who have invested their time and passion creating this institution.”