President Marjory Kerr, PhD.
On July 1, 2020, Dr. Kerr began her term as President and Vice Chancellor of Tyndale University. She came to this role having previously served for four years as President and Vice Chancellor of Booth University College (Booth) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, following a three-year term as the Vice President Academic and Dean.
During her time as President at Booth, her dynamic leadership played a significant role in the university college’s strategic planning and enrollment growth by working alongside faculty, staff, students and others. She facilitated the expansion of the Academic Learning Centre including the implementation of new initiatives in areas such as accessibility, mental wellness programs, and the overall student experience. Several new academic programs were developed, including the joint Master of Theological Studies program in Salvation Army Studies between Booth and Tyndale.
Out of a desire to ensure Booth is positioned to be a leader in responding to the Federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, Dr. Kerr established an Indigenous Advisory Council. It strengthened Booth’s response in becoming a more welcoming and inclusive space while creating awareness for students, staff and faculty of the key issues around indigenous history and reconciliation.
Dr. Kerr holds a PhD in industrial/organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She is a registered psychologist in Ontario, an executive coach, and holds membership in several professional associations. Her prior experience includes internal and external consulting and leadership roles focused on the identification and development of organizational talent in the public, private and not-for-profit/NGO sectors. Dr. Kerr’s international experience includes initiatives throughout the United States and Western Europe, opportunities in Eastern Europe, United Arab Emirates and India, and a two year assignment in the United Kingdom where she led the consulting practice for an international talent management firm.
Steve Holmes, Board Chair notes, “As the president of a university college, Marjory understands university life and culture and with her experience will be able to bridge the needs of both the university college and the seminary. She is an excellent communicator – professional and polished but also warm and engaging. Most of all, Dr. Kerr is a deeply committed and faithful follower of Christ.”
Tyndale’s rich history is rooted in its ability to meet strategic challenges and societal changes head-on. Dr. Kerr is passionate about leading Tyndale in this new and exciting time in its history, strengthening and renewing its mission: the pursuit of truth, excellence in teaching, learning and research, for the enriching of mind, heart and character, to serve the church and the world for the glory of God.
- Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 1991
- M.A.Sc. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 1987
- B.A. Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 1984
- Executive Coaching Certificate, Royal Roads University, 2006
- Registered Psychologist, College of Psychologists of Ontario, 1993 - present
Professional Activities & Associations
- Board Member/Executive Committee – Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC)
- The College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (CSIOP)
- Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)