Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

President's Biography: Dr. Christine L. Bovis-Cnossen

Dr. Christine L. Bovis-Cnossen, FRSA, has been TRU’s Provost and Vice-President Academic since September 2015. At this time, she is TRU’s President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim) until December. As Provost, she has been responsible for the overall academic enterprise of the University, including academic planning and the academic priorities of TRU as well as being the Chair of the Budget Committee of Senate.

She is a graduate of three universities: McMaster University in Hamilton with a BA Honours in Political Science, and MA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Hull in the UK. Her PhD thesis and subsequent research including a NATO Research Fellowship focuses on the integration of women into non-traditional roles in the military, including combat positions. Prior to taking up her position at TRU, Christine was Vice-President, Academic at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto.

Christine spent 21 years in various universities in England and Scotland. Latterly serving as Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, with corporate cross-university responsibility for internationalization at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh, she established the 1st Scottish School of Audiology, developed QMU’s first internationalization strategy, negotiated contracts with international partners and established the 1st British degree to be delivered face-to-face in Nepal. She developed the University’s Dignity at Work and Flexible Working Policies and chaired the University’s Equal Opportunities Committee.

She is a former member of the Scotland Committee of the U.K.'s Equality and Human Rights Commission and has pioneered initiatives in equality and diversity in Higher Education. Her dedication to equity and diversity continued in Ontario in her role as the Co-Chair of the Council of Ontario University’s Reference Group on Accessibility.

In her spare time Christine indulges in long walks and enjoys riding on the back of a Harley Davidson and tinkering with classic cars.