First ever Provost position at Trinity Western University

Langley, BC—It's been over six months since TWU's third president Dr. Jonathan Raymond took office. Since his arrival, in July of 2006, the take-charge leader has gone to task reorganizing, streamlining and now designing his Senior Administrative Team. With academic excellence as a prime focus of the institution, changes made to the team were aimed at reinvigorating the organization to achieve this goal.

Previous years saw Student Life and Academics acting separately. One of the first major changes conducted by Raymond was to bring these two vital components under one umbrella and to create the first ever Provost at Trinity Western University.

The term "Provost" describes a senior academic administrator. Responsible to the president and the governing board, the Provost oversees all educational affairs and activities, including research, academic and athletic personnel. TWU joins both UBC and SFU who have Provosts.

The role of Provost is now held by Dr. Dennis Jameson who has been the Chief Academic Officer. This position will ensure that Raymond will be in direct communication on topics concerning academics and student life. Jameson, in charge of all university programming including varsity athletics and student life programming, will also be second in charge of the institution.

Says Raymond, “It's integral to the growth and success of this tremendous institution that the organization's inner workings are intrinsically connected, that we know the direct relationship between our plans at an administrative level and the ultimate success it has for our students. This new position of Provost will be integral to the development of the institution.”

Also to streamline effectiveness, Raymond has decreased the number of positions on his Senior Administrative Team from nine to five. The remaining three consist of:

Ron Kuehl will continue as Senior Vice President for External Relations focusing on communications, resource development, fundraising and government, alumni and public relations.

Dr. Ken Kush, Senior Vice President for Policy, Planning and Research will be responsible for policy research and development on a national scale, including researching and gathering information that will contribute to policy decisions.

Marilyn Crone, Acting Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for University Operations, will continue providing consulting leadership to operational areas including financial services, information technology, campus services and ancillaries. Her continuing enrolment management duties include consulting leadership to admissions (undergraduate and graduate), admission data services and financial aid.

Raymond comments, “I am extremely happy with my Senior Administrative Team. Each one of these appointments has been structured and created to carry out a strategic plan for the University, one of educational vitality, resource stewardship, advancement momentum and necessary infrastructure.”

Jameson, Kuehl, Kush and Crone, led by President Raymond, will also make up a new organization called the Policy Council which will be responsible for collaborating together to develop an administrative policy framework for the university

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, communications and education to biotechnology and nursing, and offers 15 graduate degrees in such areas as counseling psychology, business, the humanities, theology and administrative leadership.


Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum