Senior leadership team

Alex Clark


Dr. Alex Clark is an internationally known administrator, researcher, and advocate for well-being and effectiveness in academic work and workplaces. A complexity theorist and researcher of psychosocial aspects of heart disease, he has worked in post-secondary education for 20 years in Alberta. He has held faculty and executive roles at the University of Alberta for more than a decade, and, most recently was dean of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University.

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Matthew Prineas

Provost and Vice-President Academic

Dr. Matthew Prineas joined Athabasca University in early September 2017 and is in his second term as provost and vice-president academic. Before assuming his current role as provost at Athabasca University, Prineas served in a variety of influential leadership roles at the University of Maryland University College.

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Priscilla Campeau

Associate Vice-President Indigenous (Interim)

Priscilla Campeau is Cree – Saulteaux. She is a member of Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan and has been a visitor on Treaties 6 and 8 territories for the past 25 years. She has been with AU, working in such disciplines as criminal justice, governance, law and management, and Indigenous Studies.

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Shawn Fraser

Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Dr. Shawn Fraser is the dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and is a full professor of Health Studies. He previously served as associate dean, teaching and learning in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and as the Master of Health Studied/Master of Nursing graduate program director.

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Megan Hall

Associate Vice-President Learner Experience (Interim)

Megan Hall joined AU in 2012 as a member of Athabasca University’s innovative open-access scholarly publishing house, AU Press. In 2019, Megan became the director of AU Press. Since then, she has worked on numerous boards and committees in the university press and publishing community, including recently as the president of the Association of Canadian University Presses.

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Steven Johnson

Dean, Faculty of Health Disciplines

Dr. Steven Johnson conducts research around health promotion with a focus on healthy eating, active living, and sleep. He has worked with adults who have Type 2 diabetes and with workplace health promotion programs for men. Steven has numerous collaborative partners in Alberta, Canada, and Australia.

Manijeh Mannani

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Manijeh Mannani (she/her) is a full professor of English and comparative literature. Since joining Athabasca University in 2007, she has led and co-led several major faculty and university-wide initiatives and served in various academic administrative roles.

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Alain May

Associate Vice-President Student and Faculty Relations

Dr. Alain May joined AU in 2006. Her research interests are enterprise systems, system implementation, and gender and information technology; she has also done work around user competency and IT outsourcing.

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Matthew McCreary

Chief of Staff

Matt McCreary works in the office of the president to support strategic projects across the university and engage with internal and external stakeholders.

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Dale Mountain

Vice-President Finance and Operations, and Chief Financial Officer

A chartered professional accountant with more than 30 years of experience across a range of sectors and large complex operations-including thirteen years in the Alberta post-secondary sector-Dale has developed a strong reputation as a collaborative, trust-based, inclusive, and strategic leader.

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Jennifer Pascoe

Vice-President, University Relations

Jennifer is a passionate professional with more than 20 years of experience working in public relations, communications, marketing, stakeholder relations, and community engagement, with the majority of her career spent in the post-secondary sector.

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Andrew Perrin

Associate Vice-President Research

Our culture, society, and communities need discoveries that matter, ideas designed for impact, creations that inspire, and innovations that go beyond the imaginable. As associate vice-president, research, Dr. Andrew Perrin is committed to cultivating a thriving research community at AU, leading research strategy and opportunity development, and overseeing the Research Office team.

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Pauline Smeltz

Chief Human Resources Officer

Pauline Smeltz joined Athabasca University in 2019 as the deputy chief human resources officer and assumed the position of chief human resources officer in Aug. 2023.

She has been actively engaged in key strategic initiatives and operational transformation efforts to accelerate growth and strengthen our values-based culture, both internally within HR and across the organization.

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Bailey Sousa

Deputy Provost

Prior to working at AU, Bailey was at the University of Alberta for 13 years in a variety of senior roles focused on leading complex projects, teams, change management, strategy, and operations. In 2021 she was seconded to the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education to establish the Minister’s Advisory Council on Higher Education and Skills, and the Premier’s Council on Skills and their Secretariats.

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Catherine Swindlehurst

Chief Growth Officer

With more than 20 years of experience in senior and executive academic leadership, Catherine brings invaluable experience to AU.

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Tyler Tollefson

Chief Governance Officer and General Counsel

Tyler is an experienced lawyer and an accomplished corporate governance executive with a strong reputation as a trusted advisor and a team-focused leader who successfully builds and maintains collaborative relationships.

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Lisa Watson

Dean, Faculty of Business

Dr. Lisa Watson (she/her) is dean and associate professor of marketing. She taught her first university course at the age of 25 at Carleton University before spending 5 years in Australia pursuing her doctorate.

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Ray Welshman

Vice-President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Ray Welshman is a collaborative and experienced executive accomplished in building and leading diverse teams in complex organizations. A leader who embraces change and thrives in organizations that are dynamic and entrepreneurial, Ray is an engaged people-leader who gets great satisfaction in developing and leading high-performing talent.

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Shauna Zenteno

Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology

Dr. Shauna Zenteno is the dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, and an associate professor, Biology at Athabasca University. She is the former program director for the BSc Human Science program and the former chair, Centre for Science.

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