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
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
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.
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.
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