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Kwantlen Polytechnic University has found its new senior administrator.
And it’s a familiar face.
Sandy Vanderburgh is returning to KPU, where he will start as incoming provost in May before adding the title of vice-president academic on July 1. He replaces Dr. Sal Ferreras who announced last year that he would explore new opportunities after six years at the helm.
“I’ve been fortunate to have been able to work in the post-secondary sector, working around brilliant people, students and people who want to learn,” said Vanderburgh, who was a sessional instructor at KPU early in his career before taking on leadership roles at post-secondary schools in the Fraser Valley and Alberta.
“It’s been an amazing career so far and I’m really excited about coming back to KPU. Going back to my very first experiences at KPU, it was clear that student success was front and centre.”
A focus of Vanderburgh’s 26-year academic career has been research. That has included authoring more than 50 articles, with coastal erosion along the Pacific Northwest a focal point.
“It’s very applied hands-on research and engages students in the work,” he said. “KPU is well-regarded for its strength in teaching and learning and I think there’s also a big opportunity to augment that with growth in applied research and innovation.”
Vanderburgh said he’d like KPU to be innovative when it comes to providing learning opportunities for students, including looking at micro-credentials and recognizing work experience.
“This fits in really well with the changing needs of students,” he said. “Students want to have a job when they come out of post-secondary, more so than ever.”