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Date: January 28, 2004

University of Victoria President Reappointed

UVic’s Board of Governors has reappointed Dr. David H. Turpin to a second five-year term as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Victoria. The unanimous decision followed an in-depth performance review by a 20-member reappointment committee and consultation with a number of community leaders.

“The university is fortunate to have a leader who is recognized internationally as an outstanding scholar and has proven himself to be a dynamic administrator capable of developing consensus and respect even while making tough decisions in difficult times,” says board chair Eric Donald. “I’m very pleased that Dr. Turpin has been reappointed for a second term.”

Turpin’s second term will run until Aug. 31, 2010. In recommending the reappointment, the review committee remarked that comments on Turpin’s leadership “are exceptionally consistent, noting that he is thoughtful, strategic, and enthusiastic, with hardly a criticism among them. He is praised for his vision, his commitment to excellence, his ability to develop and implement strategic plans, his communication skills . . . his personal dynamism and persuasiveness.” The report to the board from the review committee can be viewed at web.uvic.ca/univsec/index.html

Turpin, 47, holds a PhD in botany and oceanography from UBC. Widely regarded as one of Canada’s pre-eminent scientists and an accomplished teacher, Turpin came to UVic from Queen’s University in Ontario, where he held a number of senior administrative posts including vice-principal (academic) and dean of arts and science. His many awards include the Queen’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship as one of the country’s outstanding young scientists, and the American Botanical Association’s Darbaker Prize in Phycology.

Further information about Turpin is available at web.uvic.ca/president/ and in the attached backgrounder.

Media contacts:
MEDIA ADVISORY: Dr. David Turpin is available for media interviews between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28. Eric Donald is also available by phone throughout the day. Please call Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 to book an appointment.

A photograph of David Turpin is available for publication.

Media contact:
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

President David turpin's Reappointment
President David Turpin's Reappointment

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