“Ashley’s legacy is a strong departmental vision that weaves together athletic excellence, school spirit, and community participation. She has built a lasting foundation for the department to thrive in the 21st century. I am grateful to Ashley for her leadership and determination through this pivotal period in our department’s evolution,” said Cowin.
An accomplished international sport program leader, Howard joined UBC in July 2013 to move the department through a period of redevelopment, including a comprehensive sport review to set the department on a more strategic and sustainable path to success. This included the sport review process, building greater supports and partnerships for athletic excellence and community engagement and improvements to departmental operations.
“I am very proud of the achievements of our team during my time at UBC,” said Howard. “A lot of hard work and tenacity has gone in to bring the Athletics and Recreation department to this point. Between now and when I leave in June, my focus will be working with President Gupta and Vice President Cowin to ensure that the leadership transition goes as smoothly as possible.”
“I have learned in my time as UBC President that the Athletics and Recreation portfolio is extremely complex,” said UBC President Arvind Gupta. “Ashley has done a tremendous amount of heavy lifting in a difficult environment in order to bring us through the review, and the consultation and strategy phases.”
“We knew the review would be very difficult – certainly, challenging the status quo is not for the faint of heart. Ashley demonstrated great professionalism and personal integrity throughout. We wish her well,” said Gupta.
In the coming months, UBC will be completing a number of initiatives relating to the change program Howard led, and will also be considering the structure of the Department of Athletics and Recreation as well as its connections to the University.