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Wilfrid Laurier University names new dean of students

Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Kate McCrae Bristol as their new dean of students. McCrae Bristol currently serves as manager of student experience at the University of Waterloo and will start her new role at Laurier in September.

Kate McCrae Bristol to begin new role Sept. 16

Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Kate McCrae Bristol as their new dean of students. She currently serves as manager of student experience at the University of Waterloo. She starts her new role Sept. 16. (Submitted by Wilfrid Laurier University)

Wilfrid Laurier University has named Kate McCrae Bristol as the new dean of students.

The role was previously held by Leanne Holland Brown. Holland Brown was killed after a vehicle hit her near MacGregor school in Waterloo in April.

McCrae Bristol is currently serving as the manager of student experience at the University of Waterloo where she oversees new student transition and development programming.

She is scheduled to start her new role at Laurier Sept. 16.

"The prospect of being able to engage with and for students, while also influencing community and culture is very exciting and unique," McCrae Bristol said in a release.

"This role is a blend of my passions: leadership, coaching, supporting others to find their own path and making change for the better."

In her new role, McCrae Bristol will provide guidance to the overall student experience at Laurier, focusing on student supports, safety and success.

David McMurray, vice president of student affairs at Laurier said in a release they are "delighted" to have McCrae Bristol "carry on that tradition of a university that cares deeply for its students and their success."

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