Dean's Message

Three months from now, David Turpin will officially assume the role of president of the University of Alberta. Many of you know that I was a member of the Advisory Search Committee that chose Dr. Turpin for this position. The selection process gave me the opportunity to gain a great deal of insight into his accomplishments, leadership values and vision for postsecondary education in our province.

Now, as a member of the Arts community, you have an opportunity to gain your own insights as you hear from and speak with the new president. I’m pleased to extend an invitation for our faculty, staff and students to attend a special presentation by Dr. Turpin on Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. After a short talk, he will open the floor up to take your questions.

This event takes place in room 2-210 of the Van Vliet Complex (directly south of SUB). Refreshments will be available.

Dr. Turpin has already begun to hear the Arts story. When I met with him in early December, I told him about our scholarly accomplishments, community impact and committed people, and about the crucial role we play in the future of the academy.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to add your voices to this story, and to demonstrate the passion and commitment that drive our Faculty. I strongly urge you to join us.

Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts