June 30, 2016: Richard A. Gale, vice president academic & provost, confirmed as acting president

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – The Capilano University Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Richard A. Gale, vice president academic & provost, will assume the role of acting president of Capilano University between July 1 and October 1, 2016.

      This timeline provides leadership continuity for the University during the interim period between president Kris Bulcroft’s retirement and Paul Dangerfield’s first day in office.

      In his three years at Capilano University, Gale has led the collaborative development and implementation of Cap U’s Strategic and Academic plans, supported the University’s Aboriginal Student Success Strategy and championed Truth and Reconciliation Week. He has worked with the University community to promote student engagement and wellness through the expansion of Career Services, Student Affairs and Institutional Research and introduced a new position – associate vice president of student success. These areas report to Gale along with the University’s five academic Faculties, the Library and the Registrar’s Office, as well as the Centre for International Experience and Continuing Studies & Executive Education.

      Gale holds a doctorate in Theatre History from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Arts in Drama from San Jose State University. He previously served as founding director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and as a senior scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

      “The Board appreciates Rick’s dedication to Capilano University and his willingness to serve in this essential leadership role,” says Board of Governors chair Soon Kim. “His work supporting the ongoing advancement of the University’s strategic and academic goals is highly valued.” 

      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 is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

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      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University 
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