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Back to school: Quest University announces leadership appointments

Squamish resident Julie Miller will be interim dean of student life; Halia Valladares Montemayor will assume the role of academic dean; Jeff Warren appointed as vice president academic.

In advance of the new school year this fall, Squamish’s Quest University Canada has made some changes to staff at the higher echelons of the school’s helm.

On Aug. 20, it was announced Squamish resident Julie Miller would be interim dean of student life, and Halia Valladares Montemayor will assume the role of academic dean. Quest also announced that Jeff Warren had been appointed as vice president academic.

 Miller was originally hired at Quest seven years ago to manage its health and counselling services.  

“Since then, she has served the university in different capacities as a valued member of the student life team,” states a news release from the school.

 Valladares was previously chair of international business and supply chain management at Mount Royal University, was formerly the dean of the faculty of business and professional studies at Capilano University.

 Warren is a long-time Quest staffer who has held various positions over the years. 

The release states that as interim chief academic officer, he worked with the executive team, including the vice president of finance and operations, helping lead the school through its Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process last year.

This allowed the financially beleaguered school to restructure its affairs. 

“I am very thankful to Julie, Halia and Jeff for taking these leadership positions at Quest. We are at a vital time of renewal and rebuilding. I can’t be more pleased with these individuals as people and professionals to lead us in their respective roles,” said the president of Quest University, George Iwama, in the release. 
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