(North Vancouver, B.C.): Ken Haycock has been appointed Chancellor-elect of Capilano University and will become the University’s second chancellor since its designation as a university in 2008. He will assume his duties as chancellor after being formally installed in the role at the University’s convocation on June 2, 2014.
Haycock—who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Capilano University in May 2013—is an internationally acclaimed educator, mentor, and consultant, and a leading Canadian educator in library and information science. Haycock will succeed Peter Ufford who has served with great distinction as Capilano University’s inaugural chancellor.
The chancellor is the senior statesperson and ceremonial head of a university, presiding at convocation conferring degrees and other credentials, and acting as an ambassador for the university. In accordance with the University Act, a university’s alumni association nominates the candidate for chancellor.
"Throughout his life and career, Ken Haycock has earned a reputation as an advocate and supporter of education, a facilitator of innovation and an active member of the community,”said Geoffrey Rosen, chair of the Capilano University Alumni Association and head of the chancellor search committee.
In addition, the chancellor serves as chair of the senate, responsible for the university’s academic governance, and as an ex-officio member of the board of governors, responsible for managing the revenue, property and business affairs of the university. The Capilano University Alumni Association’s recommendation of Haycock was recently ratified by the University’s Board of Governors.
“Capilano University will benefit immensely from Dr. Haycock’s appointment,” said Jane Shackell, chair of the Capilano University Board of Governors. “He shares his predecessor’s unwavering dedication to academic excellence and student success and has the right mix of expertise, passion and personality to be a truly great chancellor and to make a valuable contribution to the University and the communities it serves.”
In commenting on his appointment, Ken Haycock said: “Strong communities are built on strong public education systems. Capilano is an exceptional teaching university poised to be a major player in community development as well as offering several programs of excellence. I look forward to working with Capilano as it continues to evolve from an outstanding college to an outstanding university.”
The chancellor is appointed for a three-year renewable term and serves in a volunteer capacity.
About Ken Haycock
Dr. Ken Haycock is the recipient of numerous significant professional honors and awards for research, teaching and service, including the American Library Association Herbert and Virginia White Award for promoting the profession of librarianship, the Canadian Library Association Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions to society and, from the Association for Library and Information Science Education, awards for distinguished contributions to graduate professional education.
Ken Haycock received a B.A. (Political Science) and post-baccalaureate Diploma (Education) from the University of Western Ontario, a M.Ed. (Curriculum) from the University of Ottawa, an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. (Human Resources Management) from Royal Roads University and an Ed.D. (Leadership and Administration) from Brigham Young University. In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Capilano University.
In his consulting business Ken Haycock & Associates, he has worked with a broad cross-section of for profit and not-for-profit organizations on effective governance, program reviews, executive search, strategic organizational development, human resources issues and staff development. Clients include large urban public libraries, university libraries, law firms, school districts and post-secondary institutions.
Dr. Haycock is currently Research Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, where he coordinates graduate programs in Library and Information Management. Dr. Haycock is also adjunct professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, professor emeritus and former director at San Jose School of Library and Information Science, the largest in the world, and at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. He was also the Follett Chair in Library and Information Science, then one of only four endowed chairs in LIS in the U.S., at Dominican University. Prior to moving to higher education, he was a member of the senior management team at the Vancouver School Board where he was responsible for program development and implementation, resources and technologies, and staff development.
He has served on numerous scholarly, professional and community-based committees and boards including as an elected trustee and chair of the West Vancouver School Board, municipal councilor, and as the current chair of the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust (Kay Meek Centre). He has made a significant contribution to the recognition of the role libraries and librarians play in community development. As the first male in his family to complete elementary school, he is particularly passionate about public education.
A resident of Vancouver’s North Shore since 1990, Dr. Haycock travels extensively around the world, working from his laptop, and enjoys cinema, dining, entertaining and spending time with friends.
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a learner-centred university with campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt, British Columbia. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the University currently offers bachelor degrees as well as associate degrees and a range of diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More than 7,500 students are enrolled in credit programs each term, with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano University has earned an international reputation for quality teaching, programs and services, instilling the knowledge, skills, motivation and attitudes that will enable students to become independent thinkers and learners, and to contribute effectively in a rapidly changing world. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca
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