Royal Roads University searching for new president

Allan Cahoon stepping down to return to classroom

Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

Do you know someone with the qualifications required to take over the reins at Royal Roads?

The university’s board of governors is looking for a new president and vice-chancellor to succeed Allan Cahoon, who has decided to return to teaching after a decade at the helm of the Colwood institution.

“Over the last 10 years, Dr. Cahoon has been a tireless advocate for students, a strong ambassador for the university, a champion for diversity and the architect of a regenerative workplace culture at Royal Roads,” RRU chancellor Kathleen Birney said in a media release. “We celebrate his many accomplishments and will continue to advance his vision for the university while we search for his successor.”

Cahoon began his undergraduate education at the University of Calgary before transferring to the U.S. to complete his bachelor of arts in history and political science. He earned an MSc in international administration and went on to earn his PhD at Syracuse University.

Cahoon, who was appointed president and vice-chancellor of RRU in 2007, began teaching political science and commerce at the University of Saskatchewan before joining the University of Calgary in 1976 as an assistant professor in the faculty of management.

He was promoted to a full professor and served in various administrative positions within the faculty and university, including assistant dean, and was successful in developing a number of international business initiatives on behalf of the university.

He moved to the University of Regina in 2002, where he served as vice-president, research and international.

The university is asking the public for input on the qualities the next president will need to lead RRU into the next decade.

You can respond by confidential email to, or complete eight questions in an online survey at

The successful candidate will be announced in the spring of 2018 and will take over in January 2019.

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