April 18, 2016: J. Paul Dangerfield named president of Capilano University

      NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — J. Paul Dangerfield has been appointed Capilano University’s seventh president and third vice-chancellor. Dangerfield was selected after an extensive, competitive search process, and will assume the role of university president on October 1, 2016.

      Dangerfield is currently the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology, and was previously dean of Capilano University’s faculty of business and professional studies, from 2006 to 2009.

      “We are delighted to welcome Paul as the new president of Capilano University,” said Shelley McDade, chair of Capilano University’s board of governors. “Paul brings to the role a distinguished executive career in academics, with emphasis on planning, communication, leadership development and team building.”

      In his new role, Dangerfield will lead Capilano University forward in pursuit of its vision and mission as a teaching-focused university that promotes student success, career preparation and life readiness for graduates to contribute as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

      “I am pleased and honoured to accept this role that brings me back to Capilano University at a time of dynamic development and adaptation to meet the diverse needs of today’s students,” says Dangerfield. “I look forward to continuing to build upon the University’s excellent reputation and relationships—including partnering with local and provincial governments, as well as the business and not-for-profit sectors in the communities where we serve.”

      Capilano University’s incoming president is a recipient of an MBA specializing in leadership from Royal Roads University in 2002 and a BSc in Chemistry from Carleton University in 1986. He is a doctoral candidate of Fielding Graduate University.

      Prior to his role with the New York Institute of Technology, Dangerfield was the vice-president of education, research and international with British Columbia Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2014. From 1985, Dangerfield spent 20 years with the Canadian Forces in a variety of increasingly senior roles that included chief of staff, commanding officer and VP human resources.

      Dangerfield has served on a wide variety of boards including West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer and the B.C. Technology Education Careers Council. He and his wife, Catherine, have two adult daughters. Together they take full advantage of living on the West Coast and all the opportunities it offers for skiing, hiking, biking and kayaking.

      J. Paul Dangerfield will replace Kris Bulcroft, who retires in July after six years with the University. The board will appoint an acting president for the period before Dangerfield joins Capilano University in October.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea to Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,000 students each year, 7,000 in for-credit programs and 4,000 in non-credit courses. Capilano University's North Vancouver campus is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations of the Coast Salish people.

      For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t:  604.983.7596
      c: 778.879.7119
      e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca