Office of the Provost

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Office of the Provost

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  • Office of the Vice President, Academic

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1962-

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According to section 14 of the Trinity Junior College Act (1969), "the President and Dean of the College shall be appointed by the general conference of the Evangelical Free Church upon the recommendation of the Board of Governors of the College." The first Dean served as Registrar (see fonds 37) and Dean of Education from 1962 to 1971. In 1971, the position title became "Dean of the College." In 1978 it was revised to "Dean of Academic Affairs," and soon after that - in 1979 - the position became that of a Vice President.
The Vice President, Academic, is the senior academic leader of the University, and s/he is now appointed by the Board of Governors of the University, upon the recommendation of the President.
The Vice President is responsible to the President for all academic affairs of the University, including representing the academic interests of the University on the President's Cabinet and Administrative Council and, when called upon by the President, to the Board of Governors; preparing and presenting proposals and reports to the President, President's Cabinet, and the Board of Governors; monitoring the quality of academic programs; chairing the Undergraduate Academic Council, the Deans' Council, the Academic Policy Development Committee, and faculty business meetings, and representing the University at the AUCC Vice President's committee and the CCCU's Chief Academic Officer's meetings.
The Vice President is responsible for the recruitment, supervision, and professional development of educational leaders and faculty
Those who have served in this position include: Enoch E. Mattson (1962-1970), Leland Asa (1970-1975), Deane Downey (Acting Dean of Faculty, 1975-1977), David Twiest (Chairman of Faculty, 1977-1978), Craig Seaton (1978-1980), Ken Davis (1981-1990), Don Page (1990-2000), and Dennis Jameson (2000 - 2006)

In January of 2007 it was announced that a new position - that of Provost - had been created at TWU. According to an announcement posted online (http://www.twu.ca/news/view-specific.aspx?newsID=540) "the term 'Provost' describes a senior academic administrator. Responsible to the president and the governing board, the Provost oversees all educational affairs and activities, including research, academic and athletic personnel ... the role of Provost is now held by Dr. Dennis Jameson who has been the Chief Academic Officer. This position will ensure that [President] Raymond will be in direct communication on topics concerning academics and student life. Jameson, in charge of all university programming including varsity athletics and student life programming, will also be second in charge of the institution." Accessed February 10, 2007

Those who have served as Provost include: Dennis Jameson (2007-2011); Bob Wood, Interim Provost (2011 - April 2012) and Provost (April 2012 - )

On May 11, 2009, it was announced that "Dr. Todd Erickson has been appointed as Vice Provost and will provide senior leadership for marketing and enrolment management ... In his new role, Dr. Erickson will superintend the Enrolment Department, and oversee the marketing activities of the University while continuing to serve in his current leadership role in the Provost's Office."
On June 22, 2011, President Raymond announced that Vice Provost Erickson had accepted a position at another institution and would be leaving, after 11 years at TWU.

July 28, 2011 - I am pleased to announce that Bob Wood, Ph. D., Associate Provost, has agreed to serve as Interim Provost starting today [following the departure of Dr. Jameson.]. Dr. Wood has been with the University for 19 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to the role of Interim Provost for Learning Environment & Academic Community.
Source: email from President Raymond

The Provost position reports to the President and serves as a member of both the University Finance Board and President’s Senior Leadership Team; the Provost is the chief educational program officer for the University. Responsibilities include oversight of strategies, planning, development, implementation and assessment of all educational policies and programs, including review of faculty appointments, tenure & promotion, student life personnel, academic research, and financial matters relating to Faculties, Schools, Student Life departments, Athletics, and regional campuses. The Provost is Chair of the Dean’s Council and customarily serves as the President’s proxy during times of absence. The Provost is appointed for a three-year renewable term.
Source: email from President Raymond, March 28, 2012

As of 2012, the Provost's Office was comprised of Provost Bob Wood, Vice-Provost Kevin Sawatsky, Associate Provost Sheldon Loeppky (since 2007), and Associate Provost Phil Laird. Loeppky resigned from this position in April, 2017.

On March 8, 2016, via email, Bob Wood introduced "our new Vice Provost Teaching and Learning, Dr. Catharine Penfold Navarro. Cathy began her position on March 1st ... Of her multiple responsibilities, assisting us with the implementation of the new undergraduate core will be high on her list of priorities. "
Penfold Navarro resigned in June, 2017, and Kim Franklin - former Education Dean - agreed to serve as interim Vice Provost.

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The Trinity Western University Senate is an elected body of faculty, academic professional staff and students that partners with administrative offices in the oversight of the academic enterprise. Established in 2008 by directive of the Provost, the Senate is part of a movement to improve effectiveness in governance and decision making through the transition of the University to a Carver Policy Governance® model. The purpose of the University Senate is to develop and monitor policies, procedures, and quality standards pertaining to the academic enterprise with an overall aim of promoting educational vitality, and to do so in a manner that shows respect for all individuals; demonstrates transparent decision making; employs efficient processes; promotes structures that ensure quality, accountability, and innovation; and encourages open and
honest debate, following which Senate speaks with one voice.
Within the University's organizational structure, the Senate reports to the Provost from whom the Senate receives its mandate, delegated accountability and responsibility. Policy implementation flows from the President through the Provost to deans, directors and other managers within the University. The Senate plays a key role in developing policy and ensuring clear lines of communication among key groups in the academic enterprise. At times, the Senate must also address and influence decisions that may be made by other organizational bodies, internal and external to the university, regarding academic matters.

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Created December 5, 2013

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