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Dr. Kris Bulcroft named president of Capilano University

Dr. Kris Bulcroft

Friday, May 21, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University has named Dr. Kris Bulcroft, provost and vice-president for academic affairs at Franklin College in Switzerland, as its sixth president and second vice-chancellor.

Bulcroft was appointed after an international search and will take the reins of one of British Columbia’s newest teaching-focused universities on August 1, 2010. She replaces Dr. Greg Lee who, after 39 years at Capilano and 15 as president, will retire in July.

Pat Dejong, chair of Capilano University’s board of governors, said that Bulcroft brings to the presidency a lifelong commitment to education as a university professor and academic administrator.“We are extremely pleased with the appointment of Dr. Kris Bulcroft as Capilano University’s new president,” Dejong said. “Her extensive academic and administrative experience combined with her passion for post-secondary education make her superbly qualified to lead Capilano into the future.”

A nine-member search committee comprised of students, faculty, support staff, administrators and board members worked with a consulting firm to help the university’s board with the selection process.

“I would like to thank the team from Pinton Forrest & Madden and the members of the presidential search committee for their professionalism and dedication to this task,” added Dejong.

Bulcroft said that she feels truly privileged to have been chosen as Capilano’s next president.

“With three distinct campuses, Capilano University is an innovative university with deep roots in the communities it serves,” she said. “As president, my primary goal is to build upon Capilano’s incredible diversity and combination of strengths and help position it as one of the world’s top teaching universities.”

She added that Capilano’s commitments to teaching excellence, as well as its strong community ties, give the university a unique capacity to be a leader in meeting today’s social, economic and environmental challenges.

“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead a university that has such a long and proud history of connecting education with the community,” she said. “There is a tremendous sense of pride at Capilano and I look forward to assuming my new duties and meeting the students, employees and members of the community in the coming months.”

Capilano’s incoming president received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and had a distinguished 20-year career at Western Washington University, serving as a professor of sociology as well as vice-provost for undergraduate education – a position she held until 2008 when she joined Franklin College. She has published widely on issues relating to family and aging, and has worked as a research scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Bulcroft is also a recipient of  several Fulbright Awards for research and teaching in Canada and Slovakia, and has served as a reviewer for Fulbright proposals for Central Europe.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Bulcroft enjoys gardening, cooking and hiking with her husband, Richard Bulcroft, who is an associate professor of sociology at Western Washington University in Bellingham. They have a daughter, Anastasia Polda, who is a graduate student in history at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca



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