President Turpin to be reappointed

The Board of Governors has accepted unanimously a recommendation from the university’s committee for the appointment of the president that President David Turpin be offered a third term.

“UVic has flourished under David Turpin’s leadership, and both the board and the appointment committee believe we are very fortunate to secure one of Canada’s truly exceptional education leaders to lead the university for another term,” says board chair Ray Protti. “The university has made great strides onto the national and international stages in the past eight years, and his continued presence as president will allow us to build on those substantial achievements. In addition, as UVic faces the significant challenges posed by our current economic climate, it can do so with confidence, knowing that it has a strong, experienced and innovative leader in place for the future.”

The appointment committee’s recommendation that Turpin be reappointed was unanimous. It noted that the president “possesses a rare combination of strategic vision, excellence as a communicator and detailed understanding and knowledge of the university in all its aspects.”
The recommendation came after an extensive performance review that revealed very high levels of support from all constituencies.

The consultation process included advisory ballots of UVic faculty and staff as well as interviews with 32 government, academic and community leaders at the national, provincial and local levels.

Comments from individuals both inside and outside the university were exceptionally consistent, characterizing Turpin as thoughtful, strategic, energetic, enthusiastic and skilful in advancing the university’s interests.

The committee concluded that Turpin “is extremely effective as an advocate and an ambassador for our university.”
During the presidential review process, the UVic community demonstrated extraordinary support for Turpin’s continued leadership.

With Turpin’s guidance, UVic has grown in size and stature and has emerged as an international leader in teaching and research. A number of new degree programs have been established, especially at the graduate level; student financial assistance has more than doubled; sponsored research funding across the disciplines has more than tripled to reach $106 million in the last fiscal year. Turpin also led UVic in the formulation and renewal of its strategic vision and in the development of a campus plan.
The rapidly changing external environment will present Turpin and the university with some significant challenges in the years ahead.

UVic must become increasingly competitive when it comes to attracting both domestic and international students. It will continue to remove barriers to access by increasing financial aid to all students, reaching out to students from non-traditional backgrounds and constructing additional residences and athletic and recreational facilities.
The university will continue to recruit and retain the very best faculty and staff to support its position as a research powerhouse, large enough to have the critical mass necessary for research and graduate education, yet small enough to nurture a supportive learning environment for students. Finally, there will be financial challenges ahead and prudent financial management will be crucial.
“I am deeply honoured to be part of this remarkable institution,” says Turpin. “Serving as UVic president has been the most rewarding part of my professional career. I am extremely fortunate to be a member of the UVic community and proud to have been asked to continue as president.”

Turpin, 52, holds a PhD in botany and oceanography from UBC. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a highly cited researcher, he is widely regarded as one of Canada’s pre-eminent scientists and an accomplished teacher. Born on Vancouver Island, he came to UVic from Queen’s University in Ontario, where he held a number of senior administrative posts including vice-principal (academic) and dean of arts and science. Turpin became UVic’s sixth president in 2000.

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