Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Leadership Team

TRU is a public post-secondary institution, funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The University Act legislates the leadership of the university, including the powers, duties and offices of the president. The president holds the offices of vice-chancellor, member of the Board of Governors and chair of the Senate (see Governance).


President and Vice-Chancellor

Brett Fairbairn, President and Vice-Chancellor, is the chief executive officer, responsible to the Board of Governors and Senate for the supervision of TRU’s administrative and academic work. Advising and reporting to the President are the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Vice-President Administration and Finance, the Vice President Advancement, the Associate Vice-President Marketing and Communications, and the Executive Director Indigenous Education.


Provost and Vice-President Academic

Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Provost and VP Academic, provides leadership for TRU’s academic operations, including teaching and learning, research, and students.

Vice-President Administration and Finance

Matt Milovick, VP Administration and Finance, provides leadership for TRU’s administrative operations, including services, resources, and reporting.

Vice-President Advancement

Jeff Sodowsky, Interim VP Advancement, provides leadership for TRU’s Foundation, alumni, and development operations.

Associate Vice-President, Marketing and Communications

Lucille Gnanasihamany, AVP Marketing and Communications, provides leadership for TRU’s marketing and communications initiatives and services.

Executive Director, Indigenous Education

Paul Michel, Executive Director, Indigenous Education, is responsible for campus-wide implementation and quality enhancement of Indigenous Education at TRU.

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

John Sparks, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, provides leadership in all matters with legal implications for the university.

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