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President named head of international educational organization

December 2, 2014
Tags: leadership

Royal Roads University is pleased to announce that President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Allan Cahoon has been named president of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) at its 34th general assembly in Ecuador. 

The IOHE is comprised of 326 higher education leaders from 26 countries dedicated to collaboration and innovation in higher education throughout the Americas. The organization brings its members together to shape the future of higher education, supporting the exchange of ideas on critical sectoral issues including the role of women in university administration, innovation and the changing nature of universities.  

Cahoon has been a tireless advocate for international cooperation and innovation in education throughout his career. The role is a natural extension of the mission he’s guiding at Royal Roads University to connect people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world.

“I am deeply honoured to be asked by my international colleagues to lead the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education,” says Cahoon. “As a member for the past 19 years, I have seen its impact grow significantly and I am confident our collaborative efforts will lead to continuous improvement in higher education, not just in North and South America, but around the globe. As leaders in education, we will continue to provide direction for the post-secondary sector that will allow us to tackle and solve our most challenging societal issues.”

Actively pursuing this work for almost 35 years, IOHE hosts annual activities throughout North and South America – by the end of 2014 more than 70 different initiatives will have been completed in this year alone. Cahoon says Royal Roads has been actively participating in IOHE initiatives including adding to the research of the role of women in university administration and hosting a visiting delegation of Latin American university leaders who wanted to learn more about the unique learning and teaching model at Royal Roads.

The IOHE also supports a wide range of programs for its members through its affiliated bodies, the College of the Americas, Conference of the Americas on International Education, Institute for University Management and Leadership, and CAMPUS – an international network focusing on the quality of education and its contribution to society and doctoral program collaboration.

Cahoon’s tenure as IOHE president extends until November 2015.