MRU Announces Chad London as New Provost and Academic Vice President

London, 51, previously spent 20 years at Mount Royal University, but has spent the last six at the University of Saskatchewan.


Chad London returns to Mount Royal University after being named the school’s new provost and academic vice president.

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London, 51, spent 20 years at the Calgary institution but spent the last six in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan.

“After an extensive search process and a very thorough search to be invited back as a successful candidate to take over as chancellor, it is a real honor,” he said in an interview with Postmedia on Thursday. “It’s one of those situations where I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Mount Royal deeply, but in the last five and a half years I’ve also been able to experience a different kind of university.”

London said it was important to him to gain a new perspective and broaden his horizons when it comes to post-secondary education. While at the U of S, he served as Dean of the School of Kinesiology.

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He was originally hired as a faculty member at MRU in 1996 and was later appointed chair of Physical Education and Recreation Studies. In 2003, London spent eight years as associate dean at the former College of Health and Community Studies before serving as dean of the College of Health, Community and Education from 2011 to 2016.

London was born and raised in Lethbridge and earned her BA from the University of Lethbridge. She earned a master’s degree in human kinetics in sports management from the University of Windsor and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Calgary.

Calgary, however, is her home and where her children were born and raised. His two eldest still live here, while his youngest, 19, will return with him and his wife to the city.

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He replaces Lesley Brown, who was provost until June 2020 and is now the president of the University of Yukon. Elizabeth Evans has played the role on an interim basis ever since. London will assume the new role on January 3, due to previous commitments at the U of S.

When the new president arrives in Calgary, he will not try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, he aims to build on the existing foundation and strategic plan already in place. His vision is to determine how the academic enterprise at MRU can best meet its goals in providing an exceptional college education for students.

“What really excites me about the role are the opportunities to be adventurous and take on ambitions that keep up with the times and also stay true to Mount Royal’s enduring values,” said London.

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Being able to adapt, innovate, and pivot in future crises were critical lessons over the last three years that will be applied in your school’s approach to future challenges.

“Dr. London understands Mount Royal’s past and the direction we are headed,” Dr. Timothy Rahilly, MRU president and vice chancellor, said in a press release. “He appreciates the dynamic culture we have here at MRU and wants to strengthen and grow the academic programs that we are so proud to present; I look forward to supporting him in these activities and I know I am not alone.”

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