MacEwan University is an exciting place. A college a few short years ago, we have undergone tremendous transformation to become one of Canada’s outstanding undergraduate universities.
We are committed to providing a learning environment that places student success at the very core of everything we do. We are constantly looking for new models for undergraduate programming that recognize the changing needs of our students. Offering a combination of degrees, diplomas, and certificates, as well as non-credit courses and programs, the university provides a rich and diverse range of post-secondary educational opportunities.
MacEwan University has achieved much over the past couple of years, highlights of which include the writing and approval of the University Pillars, the introduction of the institution’s new logo, national championship sport teams and many significant individual achievements by faculty, staff, and students. We have also released our Integrated Strategic Plan that maps out the university's direction for the next five years. At the center of this is the recognition that our institution has a responsibility to provide an outstanding undergraduate learning experience for its students. In this regard, we consistently place high in national rankings of undergraduate universities, and we are an institution of choice in Alberta and across Canada.
Located in the heart of Edmonton, MacEwan University is committed to working with its many partners in ensuring the life and vitality of the city. At present, the university is moving forward with the largest capital development in its history. The 40,000 square meters Centre for Arts and Culture will not only provide state-of-the-art facilities for programs in the fine and performing arts, but will also add teaching space to accommodate future growth. Valued at $181 million, the Centre for Arts and Culture will contribute immeasurably to the cultural life of downtown Edmonton.
David W. Atkinson
With a career marked by a commitment to student engagement, Dr. David Atkinson brings significant experience as a passionate educator, president of three Canadian universities, and an active participant in both the academic and non-academic communities.
Dr. Atkinson obtained his MA and PhD (English) from the University of Calgary. He taught for 15 years at the University of Lethbridge until his appointment as dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Subsequently, he served as president for Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.), Carleton University (Ottawa, Ont.) and, most recently, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, B.C.).
An accomplished academic and researcher, Dr. Atkinson has published four books and over 90 essays and reviews. He was visiting professor at Hokkaigakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, and has served as reviewer and referee for various journal and granting councils. He currently holds an academic appointment as professor of English at MacEwan University.
Dr. Atkinson is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has served on the boards of numerous national and international organizations, and is currently a board member of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association and the Edmonton International Airport Business Advisory Committee.
The President provides strategic leadership directed at defining and implementing a vision for MacEwan University's future. Reporting to the Board of Governors, the President facilitates a shared governance structure within the University. The President brings an inclusive leadership style to ensure the University continues to live the MacEwan values of respect, integrity, citizenship and environmental stewardship. The President leads a senior management team to effectively manage all aspects of the University including: academic accreditation and quality assurance, enrolment management and growth, facility planning, financial management, risk and opportunity, human resource management, fund development and student services.
Ensure MacEwan remains unsurpassed in delivering an exceptional learning experience for students;
Provide leadership to establish, promote, implement, continually evaluate and reformulate MacEwan's mission, philosophy, strategic goals, and operational priorities;
Clearly identify opportunities and challenges to advance the vision and university strategic plan;
Advance the University's academic and scholarly mission through establishing provincial, national, and international partnerships;
Lead the requirements of resource management of the University with the government, stakeholders, and the MacEwan community.
Provide overall leadership and direction to ensure the University operates within the policy framework established by the Board of Governors by reporting to the Board and its standing committees;
Facilitate an effective shared governance framework with the Board of Governors and the Academic Governance Council.
Communication and Relationship Building
Communicate effectively with all internal and external constituencies;
Foster open communication frameworks and channels to connect with the University and its stakeholder community;
Build strong relationships within higher education, the business and voluntary sectors, and at all levels of government;
Direct external relations and fundraising efforts.
Resource Management and Acquisition
Negotiate at a provincial level to ensure required funding grants at an operational and capital level are adequate to continuing offering MacEwan's programs;
Guide the University through a unique facility expansion plan by creating financial partnerships, strong relationships with benefactors, and government funding.
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Reference Appendix D of University Policy B2300.
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