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About the Council

The terms of reference and membership for the President's Council are as follows:

Terms of Reference

The President’s Council serves several purposes as follows:

  • provide cohesive and highly engaged leadership to the university, and provide counsel to the President, other members of the Senior Management Group and the Council-at-large.
  • discuss/debate university directions, strategic decisions, policies and macro-level procedures and operations.
  • provide a forum for members to bring forward for discussion opportunities and issues of relevance to the broader community.
  • provide support and oversight for:
    • completion and implementation of the Integrated Planning Process (and resulting Plans), and
    • development and implementation of multi-year financial and human resource plans.
  • provide a forum for university wide two-way communications and engagement:
    • to ensure communications and information is more widely shared and disseminated from leadership to and throughout the university, and
    • to provide a mechanism by which faculty, employees, students and various faculty councils can provide information and feedback directly to President's Council members, and through them, the the entire President's Council.
  • actively build understanding of the opportunities and challenges; sharing advice and feedback.
  • actively engage the University community in the pursuit of the VIU Mandate, Vision and Purpose.

The Council normally meets twice per term. Agenda submisssions/inquiries should be forwarded to the Executive Assistant to the President.


Position Name
President and Vice-Chancellor Ralph Nilson
Provost and Vice-President Academic David Witty
Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President Administration Shelley Legin
University Secretary Marie Armstrong
Senior Advisor to the President, Social Innovation and Strategic Partnerships Robin McLay
Associate Vice-President, Academic Carol Stuart
Associate Vice-President, Facilities and Ancillary Services Alan Cumbers
Associate Vice-President, Finance and Risk Management Wendy Young
Associate Vice-President, Human Resources Dan VanderSluis
Interim Associate Vice-President, Marketing and Communications Jean Maltesen
Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Nicole Vaugeois
Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs Carrie Chassels
Associate Vice-President, University Relations and Chief Advancement Officer William Litchfield
Acting Dean, Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation Rita Alton
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Ross MacKay
Dean, Faculty of Education David Paterson
Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Services Patricia O'Hagan
Dean, Faculty of International Education Graham Pike
Dean, Faculty of Management Suzanne Flannigan
Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology Don Noakes
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Elizabeth Brimacombe
Dean, Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology Glynis Steen
Campus Academic Administrator, Cowichan Warren Weir
Campus Administrator, Powell River Campus Greg Cran
Director, Aboriginal Education Sharon Hobenshield
Director, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning Liesel Knaack
Director, Enterprise Systems Andrew Speed
Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace Monica Kay
Director, IT Operations Darren Eveleigh
Registrar Fred Jacklin
University Librarian Ben Hyman
Manager, Office of the President Janet King