University of Regina president to chair organization representing western-Canadian universities

News Release Release Date: October 26, 2017 11:40 a.m.

University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons has been selected Chair of the Council of Western Canadian University Presidents (COWCUP).  COWCUP is a regional member of Universities Canada, the organization that represents approximately 96 post-secondary Canadian universities.

In her role as Chair, Timmons will lead an organization that advocates for and promotes collaboration between approximately 30 post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“Universities must work together more than ever before to ensure that our students get the best and most relevant education possible and are well-served in areas such as credit transfer and access to library resources at other institutions,” says Timmons. “This is true both in western Canada and at the national level, and as Chair of COWCUP I will work closely with my colleagues to ensure that we continue meeting our students’ needs in a constantly evolving post-secondary landscape.”

Timmons was selected by the COWCUP nomination committee based on a number of factors, including her past involvement in Universities Canada and her experience with other academic organizations.  In recent years, for example, she has served as President of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and Vice-President (Canada Region) of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education. She currently serves as Chair of Universities Canada’s Standing Committee on International Relations, a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Co-Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

Timmons began her two-year term as Chair of COWCUP this week at Universities Canada’s most recent set of meetings in Ottawa. She succeeds Dr. Mike Mahon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge, who just completed his second two-year term.


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, and Lakota 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 15,000 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, graduate, and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education.


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