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Stephen Grundy appointed VP (academic) and provost at RRU

February 15, 2011

Royal Roads University's Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Grundy, PhD, to the position of vice-president (academic) and provost effective April 1.

"Dr. Grundy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Royal Roads," said Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads. "He was part of a small group of academics who in 1995 were central to the creation of a pioneering learning model which blends online program delivery and a collaborative, team approach to education. So this appointment is like coming full circle for Steve."

Grundy began his career at Royal Roads in 1988 when he was hired as a chemistry professor at Royal Roads Military College. In 1995, when the idea for a special-purpose university targeting working professionals was conceived, Grundy was part of the team that established the university's School of Environment and Sustainability and helped to formulate the vision that would eventually result in the birth of Royal Roads University.

He has since held a succession of research and teaching positions, was dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability, and was acting vice-president (academic) from 2006 to 2007. Prior to his new appointment he was the associate vice-president (program development), chief information officer and registrar.

"This is a very exciting time for Royal Roads University. We have a solid base on which to build innovative new programs over the next couple of years," Grundy said. "I am looking forward to working with community, provincial, national and international partners to see how the university can support their capacity building objectives."

Grundy was instrumental in developing and implementing one of the most aggressive environmental sustainability plans in the post-secondary sector. That plan recently earned Royal Roads a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

He is an avid mountain biker and skier and lives with his family in Sooke.

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 undergraduatedegrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.

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