Fonds F04 - Office of the President fonds

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Office of the President fonds

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  • 1967 -1992, 2003-2008 (Creation)

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The fonds consists of records that document the activities and functions of the President’s Office, including some records created prior to Kwantlen's split from Douglas College (R.H. (Reg) Pridham was Acting President of Douglas College up until April 1981).

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Access may be restricted in accordance with applicable legislation including the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please contact the Archivist to determine the access status of these records

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The President is the chief executive officer of the Institution and is accountable to the Board of Governors as per the College and Institute Act of British Columbia (RSBC 1996). As outlined in the act, the role of the President is to "supervise and direct, subject to the bylaws, the instructional, administrative and other staff of the institution and exercise powers and perform duties assigned to the president by the board."

Kwantlen College was established in 1981as a separate entity from Douglas College. At the time of the split R.H. (Reg) Pridham was the Acting President of Douglas College. The official ""split"" occurred on April 1st 1981 with Kwantlen College taking over all campus locations south of the Fraser River including a leased facility in Richmond and portable trailer campus located at 140th Street in Surrey.

A. (Tony) Wilkinson was the first President of Kwantlen College. Four major accomplishments marked Wilkinson's first year as President: expansion of the college's philosophy to include technical/technological education; preparation of a Provisional Five Year Education Plan; identification of a permanent site of the Surrey Campus; and lastly establishment of close links with the superintendents of the four school districts with a view to better articulation between the college and the school districts. During his tenure a major contribution to the institution "was the key role he played in working with the Federal Government to acquire a $5.4 million grant from the Skills Growth Fund to establish Kwantlen College's Technology Centre and implement seven Business and Engineering Technology programs." (KC Press Release dated [June 27, 1986]).

[Status change: 1995: to Kwantlen University College]

[Status change: 2008: to Kwantlen Polytechnic University]

A. (Tony) Wilkinson (April 1981 - June 1986)
Jack Newberry appointed Acting President (July 1986)
Adrienne MacLaughlin (August 1986-September 1993)
Gerald (Gerry) Brenton Kilcup (1993-1999)
Leslie (Skip) Triplett (July 1999-June 2008)
David W. Atkinson (July 2008-2011)
John McKendy appointed acting President (July 2011)
Alan Davis (September 2012-current)

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Content note: Although the Office of the President at Kwantlen College was established in 1981, the fonds includes documents prior to the time that were likely brought with former Douglas College employees who transferred to Kwantlen at the time of the split

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