W. ROBERT WOOD – PROVOST
Bob Wood, Ph.D. is a theoretical physicist. He earned his B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics and M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982 and 1986, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (1992) from the University of Regina. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Lethbridge (1985-86). He is the author/co-author of more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Bob joined the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at Trinity Western University immediately upon completion of his Ph.D. During his first ten years at TWU, he was the Coordinator of Physics and served on multiple committees/councils including the Undergraduate Academic Council, the Tenure and Promotion Committee, and the Faculty Affairs Committee. In the last ten years, he has held various academic administrative positions including Assistant Academic Dean, Associate Academic Vice President, and Vice Provost. Robert and his wife Marlene have four children and one grandson.
PHILIP G. LAIRD – VICE PROVOST, TWU GLOBAL
Philip G. Laird, Ph.D. earned his BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1990, his MA in Social/Developmental Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Psychology with a special designation in Psychology and the Law in 1997 from Simon Fraser University. Phil joined the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity Western University in 1995 and served as a faculty member in Psychology conducting research on moral reasoning, moral attributions, and jury decision-making. During his first seven years at TWU, he served on multiple committees/councils including the Faculty Affairs Executive, Academic Technology Committee, Mediated Learning Taskforce and TWEST Council. He transitioned to University Administration in 2001 as the Director of the Global Mediated Learning Center and has subsequently held various academic administrative positions including Dean of Global Learning Connections and Associate Provost. Leading many new initiatives at TWU, Phil currently provides leadership to non-traditional learning programs and students including online and mediated learning programs, summer sessions, adult professional programs, and global education programs.
SONYA GRYPMA – ASSOCIATE PROVOST, LEADERSHIP AND DEAN, TWU GLOBAL
Sonya Grypma completed her B.N. (1986), M.N. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) at the University of Alberta. A nurse, historian, and published scholar, Dr. Grypma started teaching nursing in 1988 and has been a research fellow at the Universities of British Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Her research explores transnational nursing history, particularly the intersection of Canadian, American, and Chinese nursing networks developed through philanthropic, missionary, and nursing organizations prior to 1948. She has played a significant role in nursing education leadership provincially, as Chair of the Nursing Education Council of British Columbia (NECBC), and is currently president for Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing (CASN). Her extensive research has taken her to four continents as a keynote speaker. Dr. Grypma joined TWU in December 2007. She was appointed Associate Provost, Leadership and Dean, TWU GLOBAL in August 2019.
LAURIE MATTHIAS – ASSOCIATE PROVOST, TEACHING + LEARNING
Building on a bachelor’s degree in English education and over two decades teaching English in secondary schools, Laurie Matthias earned both a Master of Education degree and a doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in teaching from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She served twelve years as a faculty member in education at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois where she also directed the graduate programs in education and founded the Center for Integrative Faculty Development for the entire university faculty. She was the only faculty member awarded the President’s Prize for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching twice within a five-year period. In her role as Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, she brings expertise in and passion for the integration of faith and learning, the alignment of student learning outcomes with instruction and assessment, and a desire to honor and celebrate diversity in the university community.
Patricia Victor – University Siya:m
Patti is Sto:lo, living on the traditional ancestral unceded territory of Cheam First Nation where she enjoys her children and grandchildren. She and her late husband Gary are the founding pastors of a thriving First Nations Church in Chilliwack. She is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
Patti earned her B.A. in Pastoral Theology at Summit Pacific and her M.A. in Leadership at Trinity Western University. She is the chair of Indigenous Partnership Council and director of Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives. In her role of TWU Siya:m, Patti teaches Indigenous perspectives across disciplines; coaches and mentors Indigenous students; builds relationships with Aboriginal communities; and provides opportunities for TWU community to understand Indigenous perspectives in education, spirituality, community, history and reconciliation.
Patti's passion is to build bridges with Aboriginal community through education: through professional development workshops for educators, Aboriginal Awareness workshops for churches or facilitating events where greater understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being are developed and the journey of reconciliation can flourish.