Dr. Jeff Keshen becomes University's eighth President and Vice-Chancellor

News Release Release Date: July 2, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Jeff Keshen officially assumed his role as the University of Regina’s eighth president and vice-chancellor on July 1, 2021.

“I am excited to begin my tenure at the University of Regina during this pivotal time in its history,” said Keshen. “The University of Regina is a future-focused, dynamic institution that is closely connected to the communities that surround and support us, and home to innovative teaching and research that responds to the issues of our day. Through our strategic plan we have a shared vision to build meaningfully on these strengths to serve the people of Saskatchewan, as well as those beyond our provincial borders. I am fully committed to supporting and working together with faculty, staff, students, and members of the wider community to fully realize the vast potential that exists here.”

With extensive experience as an administrator, educator and researcher at universities across Canada, Keshen will lead the University of Regina as it enacts plans to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and approaches the institution’s 50th anniversary in 2024.

“The 2021-22 academic year brings the promise of renewal with the transition to more normal operations such as in-person classes, on-campus services and extra-curricular activities during the fall term, and the expected return to near-normal operations for the winter term beginning in January 2022,” said Keshen.

“I extend my tremendous appreciation to Dr. Thomas Chase for his leadership as Interim President during an unprecedented time in the University’s history, and for his guidance since the announcement of my presidency. I also wish to recognize the incredible support of so many others – the University’s Board, executive team, academic and administrative leaders across campus, and numerous other colleagues and students I have met over the past months.

“My family and I have received a very warm welcome since coming to Regina. We look forward to meeting more community members and to the opportunities that lie ahead for this great University and those it serves.”

Media Interviews

Media interviews with Dr. Keshen can be arranged for between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 5, 2021, via the listed media contact.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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