Written by Andrew Parker The deck of cards that is Trinity Western University’s finance and faculty were shuffled this summer. The University has undergone some major changes in the last few months, most notably the stepping down of President Raymond, and the installment of Bob Kuhn as Interim President. With this has come a host of changes from layoffs and hires, to the creation of positions and the termination of others. All of this has been done in the name of efficiency and placing a firm foundation under the University upon which it can launch from.
In the past, this school has had faced funding difficulties, due to its status as a private institution. As a result, the budget has struggled in the past. In a recent faculty communiqué, Interim President Bob Kuhn told staff that “earlier this summer, in a faculty business meeting and in a staff forum, we reviewed how our basic budget model for the University must change in order to place us on a firmer footing from which we can advance, without mortgaging our future.” The resulting assessment caused a shuffling in most sectors of the university staff. It is clear that Kuhn and his team are working hard to set the University on a sustainable path that will ensure that TWU lasts well into the future, through the realistic projection and management of funds.
Derek Dawson, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs has been placed in “direct leadership” over Enrollment Management and University Communications for the next two years, as stated by Kuhn in the communiqué. According to Kuhn, “given the scope of what needs to be accomplished through these teams, I know you will agree that having permanent leaders, whether hired from within or otherwise, is the best long-term plan.”