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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 virtual ceremony was shared on September 28, 2021.

"I am extremely honoured to be 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 very inspired to join a university that strives to be a global exemplar in vital causes that hold the key to our future—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 Vice-President Indigenous

Photo of Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas

Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas is the founding Associate Vice-President Indigenous (AVPI). The AVPI provides leadership and direction that furthers UVic's commitment to truth, respect and reconciliation as identified in our Strategic Framework and the Indigenous Plan. Robina reports to President Hall and is a member of the executive team and the Office of the President.

Special Advisor International

Cathie Krull, UVic Special Advisor International

Catherine Krull is UVic’s founding Special Advisor International (SAI) and is a professor in the Department of Sociology. Reporting to the president, the SAI provides critical campus-wide strategic leadership to advance UVic’s presence, relationships and reputation globally. She leads the university’s global strategy, international activities across different units, and the planning/execution of university global initiatives. Cathie works closely with the deans and the Office of Global Engagement.

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. 

Shari Winter
Photo of Shari Winter

As the Executive Assistant to the president, I provide executive and administrative coordinating support to the president’s activities, including managing the calendar, arrangements and briefing materials.

Louise Thornton

As Administrative Assistant, I respond to general office information and inquiries and provide administrative support for the Director and presidential committees and councils.

 Associate VP Indigenous

Dorothea Harris
Dorothea Harris

As Project Manager, I provide project management, writing and research support on a variety of issues, initiatives, and projects led by the Associate Vice-President Indigenous.

Candice Work
Candice Work

As Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice-President Indigenous, I provide calendar management, meeting and committee support, community outreach and relationship building with local Indigenous communities.

Listening tour

President Kevin 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. 

Campus Kudos

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 faculty, staff, and students.

  • The next Campus Kudos will be held November 24, 2021.
  • Nominations may be submitted at any time. 

Events

Information and recordings of events held by the Office of the President can be found here.

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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.

BC Government 

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