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Office of the President

The President and Vice-Chancellor provides overall leadership to the university. It’s their responsibility to fulfill the university’s vision and mission. The president directs the operation of the university, including its academic work, business affairs and alumni relations. They also oversee government relations and engagement with the broader community.

President Kevin Hall

President Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall is the president of the University of Victoria. His five-year term began Nov. 1, 2020. Read about his appointment.

Hall is an innovative academic leader and civil engineer, known for his strong commitment to community engagement and research excellence. Before UVic, Hall’s 35-year career is defined by his leadership in issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, access to education and sustainability. He has held leadership roles at Queen’s University, the University of Guelph, and most recently, the University of Newcastle (Australia). Over the coming years his experience will help to advance UVic’s global reputation in these areas and more.

Welcome to the Territory & Installation Ceremony

Following Coast Salish protocol, President Hall formally requested permission to work on lək̓ʷəŋən territory prior to being installed as UVic’s eighth president and vice-chancellor at a ceremony hosted by Chancellor Shelagh Rogers and the Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement. The ceremony was shared on September 28, 2021.

"I am honoured to have been selected as the next president of UVic, one of Canada’s leading universities and an institution profoundly committed to equity and excellence."

"I am excited and inspired to join a university that strives to be a global exemplar in vital causes that hold the key to our future. UVic is a university that nourishes and shapes tomorrow’s leaders, shows global leadership in supporting a brighter future for Indigenous Peoples and communities, and engages deeply with communities locally and around the world to drive social, environmental and economic change.”

Kevin Hall

Associate VP Global Engagement

Dr. A.R. (Elango) Elangovan has been appointed associate vice-president global engagement (AVPGE), effective September 1, 2022, for a five-year term. 

The AVPGE reports to the president and provides leadership for the Office of Global Engagement. They provide the strategic vision and executive leadership to enhance UVic’s global connectivity and international profile. The AVPGE is responsible for our institutional global strategy and the integration of global aspirations across all university plans. 

About the office

Our role 

The Office of the President supports the university’s collective vision and priorities by facilitating collaborative action and providing strategic direction.

We work in services of our on-campus community of students, staff and faculty; the campus Indigenous community; and the executive offices and governance bodies. We engage with the broader off-campus community including Indigenous Nations; local and regional communities and organizations; governments and funding organizations; alumni and donors.

Our priorities include:

  • Supporting the president and executive to achieve institutional goals
  • Being a catalyst for new ideas and opportunities
  • Responding to critical institutional issues
  • Coordinating and facilitating institutional plans and cross functional activities
  • Providing direction and approvals on topics of institutional importance
  • Fulfilling governance responsibilities (board, senate, policy)
  • Positioning the president as a spokesperson for the university
  • Recognizing and celebrating the achievements of students, staff, faculty and alumni
  • Responding to queries, complaints and suggestions

As a team of committed professionals, we strive to be welcoming and inclusive, and are dedicated to being flexible, generous, collaborative and open to other perspectives.

Our team

Sally Eshuys

As Director of the Office of the President, I lead the president's team, provide strategic advice to President Hall, and work with my colleagues across campus to implement UVic's institutional priorities and initiatives.

Tamsin Kaneen

As Communications and Research Analyst, I provide project management, writing, research and analytical support on a variety of issues, initiatives and projects. I prepare speeches, presentations, reports, plans and briefings for the president.

Christina Harris

As Communications Advisor, I provide communications planning and advice, and coordinate with communicators across campus. I ensure that the UVic and external communities are aware of the president's activities and priorities. 

James Pepler

As Project Officer, I provide support for strategic initiatives led by the Office of the President including stakeholder engagement, writing, research, event planning and administrative support.

Leanna Wong

As the Executive Assistant to the president, I provide executive and administrative support to President Hall and coordinate his activities, including managing his calendar, arrangements and briefing materials. 

Strategic planning

Creating a new vision for the University of Victoria is an exciting opportunity for all of us as we consider what the future might hold and how UVic can position itself well for that future.

We want your help in developing UVic’s next strategic plan, which will weave our institutional plans together and present an ambitious and aspirational vision. It will highlight where we want UVic to be in 30 years and establish an initial 5-year action plan for achieving our vision.

Presidential communications

Social media

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Activities and events

President's town halls

President Hall holds town halls periodically to engage with members of the university community. Town halls are recorded for those who aren't able to attend.

Speakers series 

GameChangers is a new President’s Speakers Series focussed on introducing our dynamic and innovative new researchers and leaders to the UVic community.

Recognition

Campus Kudos in a series of informal events hosted by President Hall to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and accomplishments of our talented and hard-working staff, faculty and students.

  • The next Campus Kudos will be held in fall 2022 and this event is closed for nominations. 
  • Nominations may be submitted at any time and are being accepted for Spring 2023.

Listening tour

President Hall began his role as president of the University of Victoria in November 2020 with a President's Listening Tour. He spent months meeting with our community to listen and learn about our university, about our strengths and about what is important to our community. 

Accountability

Strategic Framework

UVic’s Strategic Framework (2018-2023) expresses our shared vision, values and priorities. It motivates us to apply our commitment to excellence in research, creativity, teaching, service and engagement. It maps our directions, describes how we will align and coordinate our efforts to achieve maximum impact, and enhances our readiness to seize new opportunities. 

University plans

Our university plans guide our work with strategic operational targets and direction.

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