Kwantlen welcomes Dr. Alan Davis as president with formal installation ceremony

Tue, Oct 2, 2012


Presidential Installation 
Chancellor Arvinder Bubber (L) installs Dr. Alan Davis (R) as
president and vice-chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Presidential Installation
Dr. Alan Davis in his new Kwantlen presidential robe.

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October 3, 2012

Kwantlen welcomes Dr. Alan Davis as president with formal installation ceremony

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – On October 2, 2012, Dr. Alan Davis was installed as president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University during a formal ceremony held at the university’s Surrey campus. Community leaders, scholars, Kwantlen faculty and staff members, alumni and media, were among the 500-plus attendees who came to welcome the new president to the leadership of the university.

The event began with a musical prelude performed by A Touch of Brass, Campbell Ryga Trio, and Fringe Percussion, followed by the declaration of convocation, and the national anthem sung by Kwantlen music student Jered Steeves. Kwantlen’s Chair of the Board of Governors, Gord Schoberg, welcomed the new president, and Chancellor Arvinder Bubber presented the presidential robe to Dr. Davis. In celebration of the university, its history and tradition, members of the Kwantlen First Nation participated in the ceremony by drumming Kwantlen’s Honour Song. University faculty, staff, and student representatives also expressed their greetings to Dr. Davis on behalf of their colleagues.

“Kwantlen is truly pleased to have Dr. Davis as our new president,” says Gord Schoberg. “He comes with fresh energy, experience and passion to move us further in our journey as a polytechnic university; a place where our distinctive commitments of work-integrated learning, academic freedom, and sustainability will promote excellence and prepare students for life-success.”

Following the installation, attendees gathered for a reception where they were able to meet the new president and welcome him to the university.

A native of Reading, England, Dr. Davis has held influential positions at renowned institutions in the United States and Canada; including roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. Most recently, he served as president of Empire State College at the State University of New York.

The new president’s formal education combined with practical experience and unique vision will serve Kwantlen well as it continues to attract top students from around the world. Dr. Alan Davis’ appointment as president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University was effective September 1, 2012.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit:


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