President in the news

New president announced

David Docherty, PhD, has been named Mount Royal University’s ninth president.

Mount Royal’s Board of Governors officially made the announcement today (March 10).

David Docherty“Docherty’s unanimous selection as president was the result of a rigorous international search that included input from faculty, student and staff representatives,” says Richard Shaw, chair of Mount Royal’s Board of Governors.

“His appointment is one more exciting milestone as Mount Royal celebrates our centennial.”

Docherty comes to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, where he is currently the Senior Advisor on Multi-Campus Initiatives to the Office of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost. Previously he was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

“I am thrilled to be moving to Mount Royal to take on the responsibilities of President,” says Docherty.

“I have been aware for years of the stellar reputation of Mount Royal University as an institution that excels in teaching and learning.

Docherty's education

1995 — PhD, Political Science, University of Toronto
1990 — MA, Political Science, McMaster University
1984 — BA, Hons, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

“I look forward to getting to know all the members of the Mount Royal community and work with them as we move to achieve our goal as Canada’s finest undergraduate institution on every measure of student success and satisfaction.

“It is an ambitious goal, but one that is well within the grasp of a University that values teaching and learning, understands the importance of an undergraduate research education, and the important blending of teaching and research from faculty,” Docherty adds.

Strong credentialsMr Smith Goes to Ottawa

Some may recognize Docherty from his appearances on CBC and CTV television as an expert on parliamentary democracy in Canada or from his frequent quotes in Canada’s leading newspapers.

Docherty — whose presidency starts Aug. 1, 2011 — is the author of two books, Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa: Life in the House of Commons and Legislatures. He is also the co-editor of Reforming Parliamentary Democracy and has been published in the flagship Canadian Journal of Political Science.

While at Laurier, Docherty also served as Chair of the Political Science Department and, in 2005, was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Docherty was named the 2005 Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar at Laurier, which recognizes teaching excellence by honouring a faculty member who integrates both scholarly research and teaching.Legislatures

Under his leadership as dean, the Faculty of Arts was awarded a NAFTA mobility grant by the federal government, the first successful application for Laurier. He was also instrumental in Laurier’s successful bid to host the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest conference of academics.

Well wishes

Mount Royal’s current President, Dave Marshall, announced last May that he will be stepping down from his post on June 30, 2011.

"I am very pleased that Mount Royal has been able to find such a distinguished and accomplished academic and administrator as David Docherty,” says Marshall.

“I'm especially pleased to see that Docherty comes from Wilfrid Laurier, a university with such a wonderful reputation for undergraduate education. His experience and knowledge are just what Mount Royal needs to continue its aspirations of being the top ranked university in Canada on all measures of student success and satisfaction.

“I look forward to being part of the very warm welcome that I know Docherty will receive at Mount Royal."

Non-academic involvement

When Docherty is not wearing his academic hat, he does volunteer work, including organizing and coaching minor soccer.

Mount Royal’s current president and Docherty share a love for music. Docherty is a member of No Fixed Address, “a mid-life crisis garage band.”

Docherty and his family are excited about the move west.

“I look forward to starting a new chapter in my life in such a vibrant, embracing community. The can-do community spirit shared by Calgary and Mount Royal University is an inspiration to me and I cannot wait to become a part of the University and the city,” says Docherty.

 — Anika Van Wyk, March 10, 2011