File 56 37 - The Power of the Personal Pronoun commencement speech by Robert Kuhn.

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The Power of the Personal Pronoun commencement speech by Robert Kuhn.

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CA TWU 02-02.08-56 37

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13 pages

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(ca. 1953-)

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In the July 2013, driven by a deep sense of gratitude for the transformation he experienced at Trinity Western, Kuhn accepted the challenge and adventure of stepping into the senior leadership role as President of TWU while the presidential search committee sought out the next president. In March 2014, eight-months later, Trinity Western University announced that Bob Kuhn would be named its President and Vice Chancellor. Kuhn is TWU's fourth President since its inception in 1962. His appointment to a five-year term follows the unanimous recommendation by the Presidential Search Committee, which conducted a comprehensive search for the best person to assume the position of President. The committee was made up of a broad representation of TWU constituencies.

A graduate of UBC School of Law and a practicing lawyer for 33 years, Bob Kuhn is no stranger to leadership at Trinity Western. He served as Student-Body President from 1971-72 and, in 2001, led TWU’s legal team all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada—successfully defending TWU’s Teacher Education Program and overturning contrary decisions made by the BC College of Teachers. In 2012, he served as President of the TWU Alumni Association.

Kuhn served as a director of, and counsel for, the Canadian Homebuilders' Association of BC, and has also served as a member or chairman on the boards of numerous charities, including Insight for Living; Arrow Leadership Ministries; English Language Institute of China; Hope Adoption Services; and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

In addition to writing regularly for various award-winning publications, Kuhn has lectured throughout Canada on a broad array of legal topics for numerous groups, such as the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association of BC; Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia; the University of British Columbia; the Union of British Columbia Municipalities; British Columbia Business Council; Municipal Officers Association; Institute of Chartered Accountants; the International Bonding Surety Conference; and the Provincial Court Judges of British Columbia.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006, Kuhn remains fully engaged as a lawyer and is involved with numerous charitable organizations. Recently, he garnered acclaim for his influential blog,, and was chosen by the World Parkinson Congress to be one of 12 international Ambassadors in Montreal in October 2013.

Born in Vernon, British Columbia, Kuhn is married to Renae, also a Trinity alum (‘72), and they have three adult children and one grandson.

University of British Columbia (J.D. 1979)
University of British Columbia (B.A. 1976)
Trinity Western College (A.A. 1972)
Professional Activities:
Honourary Doctorate, Trinity Western University (2012)
Chair, Leadership Advisory Council, Trinity Western University School of Business (2007 – present)
Alumni of Distinction, Trinity Western University (2000)
Chair, Insight for Living Canada (1984 – present)
Chair, English Language Institute/China (1988 – 1994)
Chair, Hope Pregnancy and Adoption Services Society (1986 – 1988)
Chair, Arrow Leadership Ministries (1998 – 2000)
Director, Canadian Council of Christian Charities (1998 – 2004)

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File consists of a commencement speech prepared and given by TWU President Robert (Bob) Kuhn. The speech addresses that the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease lead Bob to learn the difference between illness and wellness that lead to understanding the importance of community through personal pronouns.

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Renae Kuhn, Office of the President


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April 2022, tk

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