Offices & Governance

David C. Docherty, PhD

David Docherty, PhDDavid Docherty, PhD, became the ninth president of Mount Royal University in 2011 and is currently serving his second term. He considers this the best job in the country and particularly enjoys playing the bagpipes for graduating students at each convocation.

David came to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where in addition to teaching from 1994 to 2011, he was senior advisor for campus initiatives and governance in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, dean of the Faculty of Arts and chair of the Department of Political Science.

As an expert in parliamentary government in Canada, David is the author of two books, including Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa: Life in the House of Commons and Legislatures. He has written many articles and chapters on Canadian legislatures and is a media commentator on provincial and national politics. David spoke to the Senate Chamber as part of a symposium celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

With a deep commitment to embracing Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, he was humbled to receive a Blackfoot name, Mokakii’na, which means ‘wise leader’ and a headdress in 2018. He is also a strong advocate for the importance of mental health well-being, including reducing stigma and providing the necessary supports.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts – Political Science (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1984, 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.