Tyndale University College Appoints New Senior VP Academic & Dean

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On Friday, January 24, 2014, the Board of Governors of Tyndale University College & Seminary appointed Dr. Barry Smith to the position of Senior Vice President Academic & Dean of the University College. The appointment was given following the recommendations of the Search Committee and the unanimous endorsement of Tyndale University College faculty.

“Dr. Barry Smith is the ideal person for this strategic role at this particular time in our history,” said Dr. Gary Nelson, President and Vice Chancellor of Tyndale University College & Seminary. “He has a vision for Tyndale University College and is willing to build the foundations necessary for us to become a significant undergraduate university in Toronto and Canada.”

Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration. He has 26 years of experience working at institutions in Canada and the United States, including Tyndale and Roberts Wesleyan College. As an administrator, he has taken on multiple roles, such as VP - Registrar and Student Services and Vice President of Student Life.

During his tenure at Roberts Wesleyan College, enrollment had significant growth in new and blended degrees. Dr. Smith has a passion for administrative leadership within Christian higher education and his experience has given him a broad and comprehensive advantage from which he can approach this new role.

On top of his experience as a university lecturer, he was a member of five different accrediting teams in four different states with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This commission accredits universities in the United States, including such institutions as Columbia University and Penn State University. 

Dr. Doug Loney will continue as VPA and Dean of the University College through this academic term, at which time Dr. Smith will assume his new position. Tyndale has valued Dr. Loney for his strategic role in the last few years in positioning the university as it transitions to the Bayview campus.


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