KPU Elects New Senate and Board of Governors

The Wilson School of Design seat remains vacant

Murdoch de Mooy has been involved with KSA for years (Braden Klassen)

Rawan Ali, previously the VP Finance & Operations for the KSA (Braden Klassen)

The results of the spring election for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Senate and Board of Governors have been released, with new faculty, students, and support staff preparing to begin their terms in September.

For faculty positions on the Senate, David Burns and Robert Dearle were chosen to represent the Faculty of Arts. Carlos Calao is representing the School of Business, Andre Iwanchuk the Faculty of Educational Support and Development, and Amy Jeon the Faculty of Science and Horticulture. The Wilson School of Design seat remains vacant.

Stefanie Broad, who is being brought on as coordinator of KPU’s transition programs and orientation, was the only professional support staff member elected to Senate.

The students who were elected are Rawan Ali, Murdoch de Mooy, Lincoln Saugstad, and Christina Wilcox.

Rawan Ali, who was previously the VP Finance & Operations for the Kwantlen Student Association, wrote in her candidate statement that she ran for the position “in an effort to continue working for students and ensuring that our voice is being heard.” Murdoch de Mooy has also been involved with the KSA over the years and is hoping to have his voice heard on the Appeals Committee and during discussions of policy reform.

Lincoln Saugstad is primarily interested in “student affordability, course content and delivery, as well as applicability of knowledge to life after university,” and Christina Wilcox is dedicated to improving the curriculum of KPU’s Bachelor of Business Degree, according to their candidate statements.

On the Board of Governors, Arts instructor Farhad Dastur is the only faculty representative and Kim Rose, as the manager of communications and technologies for the Future Students’ Office, is the only support staff member.

Students Samuel Baroi and Akashdeep Bhullar will also be beginning their terms as student representatives in September. Baroi spent his past three years at KPU working as a student ambassador and is hoping to support students, “diversify the campuses,” and “design and implement strategic plans that would benefit the whole KPU community.” Bhullar wants to “play an active role in the ongoing improvement of our university and its many facets.”

All seats left vacant following the spring election will hopefully be filled in the byelection to be held in the fall.

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