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 EXTENSION
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 nontraditional learning programs and students including online and mediated learning programs, summer sessions, adult professional programs, and global education programs.
EVE STRINGHAM – VICE PROVOST, RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STUDIES
Eve Stringham completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba in 1984 and 1987, respectively, before completing her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 1992. She joined the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at Trinity Western University in 1997 and was the first faculty member at the University to be awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant (1999). Stringham has occupied a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Developmental Genetics and Disease since 2007. At TWU she developed a first-of-its-kind in Canada fourth-year cancer biology course that integrates the latest science with faith perspectives to examine the human side of cancer research, leading a growing trend in higher education to consider spirituality and health. Stringham was appointed Vice Provost, Research, and Graduate Studies in June of 2013.
Patricia Victor – University Siya:m
Patti is Sto:lo, living at Cheam First Nation with her husband, Gary. They are the founding pastors of a thriving First Nations Church in Chilliwack. She is an ordained minister and serves as the Section Pastor of Aboriginal Ministries in the BC-Yukon district and the Coordinator of Aboriginal Ministries with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
Patti's passion is to build bridges into the Aboriginal community through education, whether through Professional development workshops for educators, Aboriginal Awareness workshops for churches or hosting events where understanding of Aboriginal perspectives can be fostered and the journey of reconciliation can begin.