Dawson named new senior VP

Derek Dawson has been hired as the new senior vice president of business affairs for Trinity Western University.

“As I have dug in more to understand the roots and the heritage of Trinity Western University, I think it has unlimited and untapped potential,” he said.

“Going forward there are so many opportunities with the vision to make this the leading Christian university for the globe.

“I’m engaged with making sure that we can develop it by equipping the people who will lead its execution and seeing the vision become a reality.”

“Derek Dawson brings an abundance of experience and gifts to the role of senior vice president with great promise of complementing a strong leadership team going forward,” said Trinity Western president Dr. Jonathan Raymond.

Dawson brings considerable experience to his new role, having worked in business unit start-ups, strategic planning, change management and customer engagement in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

For the past six years he has served at Focus on the Family Canada as its managing vice president of development and then senior vice president.

Dawson’s career began in the Canadian Air Force as an Air Navigator working in famine relief in Somalia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. A graduate of the Master’s of Business Administration program at Wilfrid Laurier University, he continued on at the university as a lecturer in Business Communications and Organizational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics. Concurrently, Dawson spent a number of years leading worldwide strategic business development for an operations management solutions provider to the commercial aviation industry.

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