Dr. Jeff Keshen named as the University of Regina’s new President and Vice-Chancellor

News Release Release Date: March 1, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Roger Brandvold, Chair of the University of Regina’s Board of Governors announced today that Dr. Jeff Keshen will join the University of Regina on July 1, 2021 as its eighth President and Vice-Chancellor.

“Dr. Keshen’s background as an academic, researcher, and administrator – as well as his commitment advancing the University’s mission of teaching, research and community service – will serve the University well into its 50th anniversary in 2024 and beyond,” said Brandvold.

Keshen is currently the vice-president (Grenfell Campus) at Memorial University in Newfoundland and has significant experience as an instructor, researcher and senior administrator at Mount Royal University, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Calgary.

 “I am very much looking forward to taking on this exciting opportunity,” said Keshen. “I’ve always subscribed to the view that universities thrive in an atmosphere that encourages innovation, creativity, and engagement.

“I look forward to getting to know the University community – as well as Regina and Saskatchewan – and building on a solid foundation of success.”

Keshen has received numerous awards for his teaching, writing, and research. He’s been a successful and innovative leader, developing programs that encourage leadership in young people, promote excellence in the workplace, and support the principles of diversity and inclusion. 

Keshen was selected following a rigorous, national search process led by the Board Chair and supported by Boyden Search Consultants. Additionally, the University’s Board established a Search Advisory Committee which included representation from faculty, staff, students and alumni. 

“We outlined qualifications for the position and were looking for someone to advance the University’s strategic goals, build relationships, drive us toward a more inclusive, sustainable campus and – perhaps most of all – lead with empathy, compassion, and respect for all members of the University community. The search committee saw that ability in Dr. Keshen,” said Brandvold. 

The University’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Thomas Chase, will continue in the role until June 30, 2021. 

“I wish to recognize and thank Dr. Chase, who has led the University through what is most likely the most tumultuous year in its history,” said Brandvold. “I am thankful for his steady leadership and his willingness to assist through the transition period as Dr. Keshen takes over.” 

Keshen will make the move to Regina with his wife Deborah Moynes-Keshen, and children Jacob and Maddie who will both attend the University of Regina.

One-on-one interviews with Dr. Keshen can be arranged for Tuesday, March 2 via the listed media contact.  For more information and Dr. Keshen’s full biography, visit www.uregina.ca.


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. The University of Regina was named the Research University of the Year in 2020 (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource.


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