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Office of the Provost and Vice President, Academic

As the senior academic officer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Provost and Vice President Academic is responsible for the academic direction and stewardship of the university's programs. Reporting to the President, the Provost and Vice President Academic has a mandate to facilitate exceptional learning experiences for KPU students by providing leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive education plan that is relevant to students' needs as well as KPU's external communities. The Provost and Vice President Academic ensures the integrity of academic affairs through collaborative work with faculty, deans, other Vice Presidents, and the Senate.


Sandy VanderburghSandy Vanderburgh is the provost and vice-president, academic of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Sandy is responsible for the academic direction and stewardship of KPU’s programs. Reporting to the KPU president, he has a mandate to facilitate exceptional learning experiences for KPU students by providing leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive education plan that is relevant to students' needs as well as KPU's external communities.

Research has been a central part of Sandy’s extensive academic career, which includes more than 50 authored or co-authored articles, with coastal erosion along the Pacific North West in Oregon and Washington State being a focal point.

Prior to joining KPU, Sandy was interim vice-president academic at Medicine Hat College. Before that, he was a dean at Lethbridge College from 2008 to 2016 and a dean at Douglas College from 2006 to 2008. His earlier academic career included teaching at KPU, Red Deer College and Simon Fraser University, before being appointed to a faculty position at the University of the Fraser Valley in 1993 and stepping up to chair its Department of Geography in 2002. 

Sandy’s academic qualifications are all in geography. He holds a PhD from the Simon Fraser University, plus a Master’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Science degrees from the University of Calgary.

Away from the office, Sandy can be found dragon boating, attending speed skating and figure skating competitions, or doing research on the beaches of Oregon and Washington State, the hobby that forms the bedrock of his academic work.