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President Timmons delivers her 6th and final State of the University address

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: January 28, 2020 5:00 p.m.

The University of Regina’s seventh President shares one of many warm moments with the audience.
The University of Regina’s seventh President shares one of many warm moments with the audience. U of R Photography

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Dr. Vianne Timmons reflects on the successes of the University at the annual State of the University Address to the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce on January 28. 

dr. timmons and john hopkins

L-R: Dr. Timmons and John Hopkins, CEO, Regina and District Chamber of Commerce

dr. timmons with media

Regina’s media were out in full force today to cover the State of the University address.

Today marked the last time Dr. Vianne Timmons will deliver her annual State of the University address before the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce members and guests. The finality of the event made for more than a few emotional moments amongst audience members and speaker.

The address, entitled “Looking Back and Looking Forward. My Time as President of the University of Regina,” was delivered to some 300 Regina and area business and community leaders at the yearly luncheon.

In December, Dr. Timmons announced she would be leaving the U of R to take on the presidency at Memorial University in Newfoundland. For Dr. Timmons, it’s a return home. She was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and prior to coming to Saskatchewan served as the Vice-President of Academic Development at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her move also affords her the opportunity to be closer to her 86-year-old mother who lives in the Maritimes.

Today’s presentation focused on the legacy of Dr. Timmons’ 12 years at the helm of the University of Regina and how, by working together with others, the University has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments. She also said that the only reason she considered leaving was that the University was on solid ground, with a promising future, and in good hands. Dr. Thomas Chase will serve as Interim President beginning April 1, 2020.

Regina Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer John Hopkins said the true measure of a leader is their ability to get things done. He lauded President Timmons for the herculean task of restoring the 100-year-old College Avenue Campus, saving Darke Hall, and fighting for two deported Nigerian students to remain in Canada in order to better their lives through education. The pair have successfully joined the 76,000-strong University family of alumni.

The President thanked audience members for their support, counsel, and encouragement during the past dozen years.

During her address, Dr. Timmons shared a revealing moment from the interview process at Memorial University. When asked what she thought would be the hardest thing about taking the job, Dr. Timmons answered, “Leaving Regina. I love this University, city, and province.”

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