NSCAD Announces the Appointment of AVP Student Experience and Registrar
June 1, 2016

NSCAD University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Barmby as Associate Vice President, Student Experience and Registrar, effective July 1, 2016.

“With a strong background in the fine arts, academic leadership, and accreditation in both the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Barmby brings to NSCAD University more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of enrolment management, program development and external relations,” said NSCAD University President Prof. Dianne Taylor-Gearing.  “We believe Jim is ideally suited to help us secure a prosperous future for our institution with a focus upon the student experience and front-line services to students.”

Barmby began his career in Alberta’s Department of Advanced Education, where he served as the assistant to the Deputy Minister and later as a communications specialist for the Minister.  He played key roles in the transformation of the DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary from a vocational school into a degree-granting institution, and later in the transformation of the British Columbia Open University in Burnaby into a division of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.  Barmby joins NSCAD University after more than seven years with Okanagan College, where he served as Dean for the Shuswap-Revelstoke region of the B.C. interior.  Barmby has served on the boards of many organizations over the years, and has undergraduate degrees in Art History and Education, an MFA in Playwriting, and a Ph.D resulting from extensive research in university-government relations.

“Our universities can do much more than simply help students find a place in society,” said Barmby.  “A university education should also provide students with the ability to change for the better our world and the way we see it, which is exactly what artists and designers do, and which is exactly why the educational opportunities at NSCAD University are essential to the future of our society.”

“With both families having roots on the east coast, my wife and I are very excited about moving to Halifax,” said Barmby.  “As well, having been an art and design student in my early years, I am very much aware of the importance of NSCAD University’s legacy, and that it is a privilege to become a member of Canada’s most celebrated art and design institution.”

President Taylor-Gearing would like to recognize the tremendous contribution Terry Bailey has made acting in the AVP Student Experience and Registrar role since April 2015.

He has taken leadership of the Office of Student and Academic Service (OSAS) and continued to assist with Admissions processes and new initiatives.

Terry will return to his substantive position as Director of Admissions at the beginning of August, reporting to Jim Barmby and working closely with AVP University Relations Linda Hutchison.