KPU names BP owner as new chancellor

SURREY – The next chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be George Melville, owner and chairman of Boston Pizza International.

Melville will assume the role in October and will replace Arvinder Singh Bubber, who

was the university’s first and only chancellor thus far. Bubber was installed as chancellor in 2008 for what was meant to be a three-year term, but added a second term in 2011.

Having sat on KPU’s board of governors since 2003, Melville was nominated for the role due to his and his company’s community work over the past few years, including scholarship initiatives and other charitable events. Melville and his wife Sylvia also donated $500,000 to the school’s Richmond campus in 2012, resulting in the Melville Centre for Dialogue.

“My connection to Kwantlen Polytechnic University goes back over 25 years and includes roles as a KPU parent, a KPU board member and, most recently, an honorary KPU degree recipient,” said Melville. “I am very pleased to take on this new opportunity.”