On December 12, 2019, the Board of Trustees announced the resignation of the University College’s fifth President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Marjory Kerr. Dr. Kerr will leave Booth University College in June 2020 after serving four years in this role, to pursue a new opportunity as President and Vice Chancellor of Tyndale University College and Seminary.
“The Board supports Dr. Kerr as she moves to take up her new role, and we wish her only the very best,” said Linda Colwell, Chair of the William and Catherine Booth University College Board of Trustees. “We are losing a tremendous leader – someone who had both a vision for Booth UC’s future and the energy and drive to move the institution forward.”
The Chair noted that Dr. Kerr has played a significant role in the University College’s growth. She led successful initiatives to increase enrolment and worked with faculty, community leaders and The Salvation Army to better identify needs and develop course offerings to fill those needs. In particular, under Dr. Kerr’s leadership Booth UC engaged in the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord; facilitated improvements in the student experience by expanding the Academic Learning Centre and improving accessibility and mental wellness programs; and broadened the University College’s leadership programs particularly those supporting The Salvation Army’s territorial and international leadership.
The Board has established a Search Committee under the leadership of Trustee Kim Wilson, which will undertake an immediate and comprehensive search for the University College’s sixth President and Vice Chancellor commencing in January 2020. As the search begins, we remain confident that God has a plan for Booth University College, and the institution will continue to grow and mature as a Christian centre of learning focused on providing only the best in higher education and spiritual development. The right person to lead the University College through the 2020s is out there. We are confident that God will guide us in identifying the one He is already preparing to be our next President and Vice Chancellor. Your prayerful support is invited as we undertake this very significant decision.