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Introducing the New President
University of Regina

Introducing the University of Regina's Eighth President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Jeff Keshen

Following a year-long, rigorous, national search, the University of Regina is pleased to announce Dr. Jeff Keshen as the institution’s incoming president and vice-chancellor.

Dr. Jeff Keshen will assume the role of president and vice-chancellor beginning July 1, 2021.

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About Dr. Keshen

As an academic, researcher, and administrator, Keshen has held a variety of roles at universities across Canada. He is an award-winning author, nationally-celebrated educator, and accomplished volunteer.

Keshen comes from Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus where he has served as vice-president since 2017. During his time at Memorial, Keshen championed student success, grew research programs, and enhanced the institution’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization.

Dr. Keshen Discusses the U of R

As we look towards our 50th anniversary and beyond, Keshen noted that the U of R’s strong foundation was a key reason for applying to be the next President.

“The U of R is connected to, and is really involved with, its community,” says Keshen. “It’s young and young at heart. It’s open to experimentation. I think it’s a tremendously exciting place with an amazing future.”

Throughout the presidential search process – which engaged a search committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni – Keshen’s track-record made him the ideal fit for the role.

We are proud to welcome Dr. Jeff Keshen and his family to the University community.

Meet the New President

Hear what inspired Dr. Keshen to apply for the role of University of Regina President.

In Conversation

Dr. Marlene Smadu, vice-chair of our Board of Governors, speaks with Dr. Keshen to learn more about him and his vision for the role.

Eight Questions for our Eighth President

What is Dr. Keshen binge-watching? Listening to? Is he a Rider fan? Find out!