A vital link between the university and its many external stakeholders, the Department of External Affairs engages on many levels under the leadership of Marlyn Graziano, Vice President, External Affairs.
The department promotes KPU's reputation as Canada's only polytechnic university, defined by inspiring educators, open and creative learning environments, and relevant scholarship and research.
The External Affairs department:
- Cements partnerships that advance KPU's mission, vision and values;
- Broadly shares stories of student, faculty, alumni and research success;
- Facilitates meaningful relationships with donors and community and industry partners who support student achievement;
- Connects KPU with organizations and individuals in the university community, for mutual benefit;
- Fosters a culture of collaboration and philanthropy; and
- Promotes KPU's polytechnic advantage to the wider community.
Marlyn Graziano is Vice President, External Affairs at KPU. She joined KPU in February 2013, after a career in local media, in roles ranging from journalist and editor at a number of community newspapers, to editorial director for a chain of newspapers, to publisher of the largest-circulation community newspaper in Surrey, North Delta and White Rock at the time.
Marlyn's portfolio at KPU includes community engagement, stakeholder relations, government, media relations, corporate communications, issues management, alumni relations, marketing and recruitment and advancement.
She is responsible for managing and co-ordinating external relationships in all KPU communities and developing and maintaining government relationships at the local, provincial and federal levels.
Throughout her more than 25 years working, living and raising a family in this region, Marlyn has enjoyed the opportunity to serve in a number of volunteer capacities with non-profit organizations throughout the KPU region, including the Surrey Board of Trade, Sources Community Resource Society and KidSport. She is also a member of the community council for Langley's Gateway of Hope. Aside from those formal connections, she can often be found, sometimes with family in tow, at local Terry Fox Runs, food bank fundraisers and hospital foundation benefits. Marlyn was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 to honour her significant contributions to her community. Her involvement with KPU began while she was a journalist, when she served for many years as a member of the university's Journalism Advisory Committee.