Trinity Western University announced has named Bob Kuhn as its president and vice chancellor.
Kuhn, who has served as the universityâ€™s interim president since July 2013, will be Trinity Westernâ€™s fourth president since its inception in 1962.
â€œAfter 52 years of growth and miraculous accomplishments, Trinity Western University has found its place as a leader among the ranks of Christian higher education,â€ Kuhn said. â€œWhether it be in groundbreaking research or by winning championships in elite collegiate sports, TWU has consistently proven that it punches above its weight in transformational university education, maintaining a global impact of significance. I couldnâ€™t be more proud of being an alumnus, and now the president, of such an extraordinary university.â€
Kuhnâ€™s appointment to a five-year term follows the unanimous recommendation by the Presidential Search Committee, which conducted a comprehensive search over the past eight-months for the best person to assume the position of President. â€œIn his role as interim president, Kuhn has made significant progress in developing a vision of not just what TWU can and will become, as God provides,â€ said board of governors chair Jeremy Funk, â€œbut also how that calling can be achieved.â€
When appointed last July, Kuhn said he was committed to being an encouragement to faculty, staff and students. â€œMy approach is relational,â€ said Kuhn. â€œTo me, itâ€™s less about the presidency and more about building relationships with the broad spectrum of constituents that form the Trinity community.â€
The time he spent gaining insight and knowledge from students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni culminated into the development of a draft strategy framework â€“ the New Era â€“ that outlines the way forward for the institution. He announced the New Era vision to friends and supporters at TWUâ€™s 2013 Christmas in the City gala.
â€œAs the board of governors, we are eager to see how vision for growth and sustainability can further draw the TWU community together,â€ said Funk. â€œIn addition to this vision, Bob is extremely passionate about the mission and ministry of TWU, which we see as vital for effective leadership.â€
The inauguration ceremony for TWUâ€™s fourth President will be held in September 2014 during Alumni Weekend.
A graduate of UBC School of Law and a practicing lawyer for over 33 years, Kuhn is no stranger to leadership at Trinity Western.
He served as student body president from 1971-72 and, in 2001, Kuhn led TWUâ€™s legal team all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada successfully defending TWUâ€™s Teacher Education Program vs. the BC College of Teachers.
In addition to writing regularly for various award-winning publications, Kuhn has lectured throughout Canada on a broad array of legal topics for numerous groups, such as the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia; the University of British Columbia; Institute of Chartered Accountants; and the Provincial Court Judges of British Columbia.
In 2012, the TWU board gave Kuhn an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his service to Canada and to the university. Born in Vernon, Kuhn is married to Renae, also a Trinity alumnus (â€˜72), and they have three adult children and one grandson.