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Board appoints president for second term

March 26, 2012

Victoria – The board of governors of Royal Roads University today appointed Dr. Allan Cahoon to his second term as president and vice-chancellor of the university.

In confirming the five-year, three-month appointment, chancellor and chair of the board of governors, J. Peter Meekison, said the board was impressed with Cahoon’s passion and commitment to Royal Roads University. “Under Dr. Cahoon’s leadership, the university has flourished and he has taken it to an exciting new phase in its evolution. We look forward to working with him to realize the university’s vision of connecting people, ideas and experiences to changing lives around the world.”

Cahoon said he is honoured to continue in his role and acknowledged the efforts of the university community. “I want to thank faculty and staff for all their hard work and support during my first term as president,” Cahoon said. “My priority for this term includes overseeing the rollout of our growth strategy and future campus plans, using our new strategic direction as a guide.”

Cahoon said the university plans to grow and diversify its student population to approximately 4,000 students in the next five years, which includes an increase in the percentage of undergraduate students. He said the university also plans to increase its international student population to approximately 1000.

“While the space and face of the university may change in the coming years, our commitment to our core goals will remain strong,” Cahoon said. “One of our main objectives is to continue providing demand-driven growth in high-quality, effective education and research that contribute to economic prosperity, social advancement and environmental sustainability.”

The president also reiterated his desire to continue fostering strong partnerships, including being responsive to the university’s almost 17,000 alumni and to the communities within which the university works and serves.

On April 2, Cahoon will officially launch his next term with a presentation to staff and faculty, outlining his full priorities and vision for the university.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.

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