Jan 2, 2020

Rick Hart – Associate Vice-President, Communications for the University of British Columbia (UBC)

By PFM Search

PFM Executive Search welcomes Rick Hart as the new Associate Vice-President, Communications for the University of British Columbia. This follows an intensive and inclusive search process with a Selection Committee led by UBC’s Vice President, External Relations.

Rick is well positioned for success as the new AVP Communications having joined UBC in 2013 as the Director of Brand and Marketing Communications, before becoming Senior Director, Brand and Marketing, in 2018. During this time, Rick was involved in a number of key initiatives such as the recent “The Potential is Yours” brand marketing campaign, the launch of UBC Connects, the creation of UBC’s Brand Leadership Council and the launch of the UBC Strategic Plan.

A Sauder School of Business graduate, Rick has also held senior positions at a number of global integrated communications agencies during his 20-year career, in Canada and the UK.

The AVP, Communications oversees UBC’s central Communications portfolio, comprising Brand and Marketing, Internal Communications and Media Relations. The role is a key part of the External Relations leadership team — collaborating and strengthening alignment in communications and marketing across UBC as a whole.

PFM Executive Search created a collaborative search process involving various key stakeholders and partner groups inside and outside the university. We are delighted Rick was the successful candidate given his breadth of marketing-communications experience and the depth of understanding he brings through his six years at UBC.

PFM Executive Search is recognized as a leader in working with diverse selection committees in the Higher Education Sector. The firm brings a global reach to each and every assignment in the post-secondary field and ensures an open and transparent search & selection process for our university clients.