Student Affairs dean moving back south
Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs Jason Laker is leaving Queen’s to become Vice-President for Student Affairs at San Jose State University in San José, California.
Dr. Laker came to Queen’s and Canada in 2006 from Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he was Dean of Campus Life and a member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty.
“Working in Canada and at Queen’s has been an extraordinary gift and experience for me and my family,” said Dr. Laker. “The students here are among the most brilliant and wonderful I have encountered, and I have developed close relationships with them, my staff, and colleagues here and across the nation. This move is bittersweet because I will miss all of them, yet I am excited to move closer to my extended family and to live and work in one of the most diverse universities and communities in North America.”
At Queen’s, Dr. Laker is also appointed and has taught in the Department of Gender Studies and in the new Cultural Studies graduate program within the Faculty of Arts and Science. During his tenure, Student Affairs has developed new innovative programs and services, received a number of honors and awards, and generated significant increases in revenues in support of students and Queen’s academic mission.
“On behalf of the University, I thank Dr. Laker for his contributions to student life at Queen’s and wish him well in this next step in his career,” said Provost and V-P (Academic) Bob Silverman. “A recent external review of Student Affairs at Queen’s has shown what a positive effect Dr. Laker has had on the structure of that organization.”
An interim Associate V-P and Dean of Student Affairs will be named shortly and a full search process will be undertaken for Dr. Laker’s successor.