Words of Soon Kim

      • “A pledge of support”

        Words of Soon Kim, Chair, Board of Governors, Capilano University, for President’s Installation
        Monday, October 17, 4 p.m.
        BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts

        Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Soon Kim and I am chair of Capilano University’s Board of Governors.

        Your Honour, and esteemed guests, it is my pleasure to bring to today’s ceremony the Board’s greetings and salutations. As a Board, we hold the responsibility to provide good governance and stewardship of the University’s resources. Our representation includes the chancellor, president, faculty, alumni, students and members of the community-at-large. As president, Paul is accountable to the Board and plays a central role in our relationship with the University.

        I cannot do justice in a few short minutes to Paul’s career, but I will share with you some of the highlights. First, his education. Paul earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Carleton University, a master’s of business administration from Royal Roads University and is a doctoral candidate at Fielding University.

        Paul’s professional career has been both varied and distinguished. In the Canadian Forces, he served in senior roles including commanding officer, VP human resources, and chief of staff. From 2006 to 2009, he was an instructor, then dean,of Capilano University’s faculty of business and professional studies before joining the executive of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Most recently, he served as the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology.

        In the recruitment process, the committee recognized not only Paul’s background, but his commitment to student success. That you would certainly expect of a University president. But it is his understanding of the importance of listening to, and learning from, all stakeholders that sets him apart. And there are other qualities I must mention: his willingness to accept and embrace change, his ability to bring together diverse stakeholder groups under a shared vision, his genuine belief in the empowerment of teams and leadership at all levels, his passion for innovation and his enthusiasm for considering new ideas to strengthen Capilano University’s position in the post-secondary landscape.

        The Board of Governors recognizes that to listen well, delegate effectively and act wisely is no small feat. It is a great deal to ask of a mere human. To this end, we pledge to support the president as critical thinking partners, as aides in decision-making, as candid representatives of diverse points of view. In welcoming Paul Dangerfield as president, we reaffirm our commitment to this unique experience of higher learning that is Capilano University.

        Welcome, Paul Dangerfield.