David Docherty, PhD

David Docherty, PhD, became Mount Royal University’s ninth President on Aug. 1, 2011. An accomplished academic, author and administrator, Docherty comes to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, where he served as senior advisor on multi-campus initiatives in the office of the vice-president: academic and provost. Before that, he was dean of Laurier’s faculty of arts.

Dr. Docherty obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON in 1984. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in political science from McMaster University in 1990 and his PhD in political science from the University of Toronto in 1995.

The author of two books and numerous articles on Canadian politics, Docherty has been a frequent commentator on regional and national radio, and his analyses of provincial and national politics are regularly cited in leading Canadian newspapers.

David is committed to a strong undergraduate experience and admires the excellence in teaching found at Mount Royal University. His favourite part of the academic year is convocation. Not only does he love shaking the hands of all the graduates, he is honoured to join the pipe band that leads Mount Royal grads in and out of their convocation ceremony.