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Date: May 18, 2000

UVic Names New VP Development and External Relations

UVic has a new Vice President Development and External Relations -- Jim Griffith. The appointment, made earlier this week by the university's board of governors, was announced today by President Dr. David Strong. It is effective immediately.

Griffith, 56, has been UVic's executive director of external relations since July 1998 and prior to that served nine years as the university's executive director of student and ancillary services. Before coming to UVic, Griffith worked in student services at the University of Prince Edward Island.

His appointment is for a two-year term.

"This appointment is an indication of the importance that UVic places on its relations with a range of external communities and a recognition of the need to start preparing the university for major fund-raising efforts in the future," said Strong. "The board wanted to ensure that the university's role in the local, provincial, national and international communities was represented at the most senior levels in the university's decision-making processes. We wanted to make it clear that we take our responsibilities in this area very seriously, that community really does count at UVic. Jim has shown a great understanding of, and a deep commitment to this principle throughout his time at UVic."

As VP Development and External Relations, Griffith will serve as president of the University of Victoria Foundation, which administers UVic's $90 million endowment fund and president of the Island Pacific Institute Foundation, which operates the university's Dunsmuir Lodge educational training and conference centre in North Saanich. The Division of External Relations includes advancement services, the alumni affairs and development offices, government and community relations, and UVic communications.

"UVic is a wonderful resource for the community," said Griffith. "I believe it is the job of the VP Development and External Relations to foster relationships and create partnerships with the community, not only in Greater Victoria, but beyond. This position represents the university's recognition of the importance of having a senior administrator focus on alumni, community and government relationships. I'm looking forward to carrying that message out around the province, across the country, and onto the international scene."
Media contacts:
Dr. David Strong
(250) 721-7002

Jim Griffith
Vice President
Development and External Relations
(250) 721-7014

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