Dr. Joanne Curry has been appointed Simon Fraser University’s Vice President

SFU veteran takes helm at External Relations.

Joanne Curry appointed SFU’s Vice President, External Relations

  • Mar. 8, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Joanne Curry has been appointed Simon Fraser University’s Vice President, External Relations, after serving for four years as Associate VP External Relations, and acting as VP External Relations since late last fall. Her appointment came following an extensive search process.

“We’re delighted to have Joanne take on the role of VP External Relations,” said SFU President Andrew Petter. “She brings extensive expertise in community engagement, communications and government relations, and a deep understanding of SFU and its role as Canada’s engaged university.”

In her new role, Curry will oversee a wide-range of activities and initiatives including university communications and marketing, government relations and community engagement at all three university campuses.

“It’s incredibly exciting to take on this important role and help drive forward SFU’s vision of being Canada’s engaged research university,” said Curry. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on the robust relationships the university has with our partners in government and within the business and non-profit sectors.”

Curry has had an impressive tenure at SFU. In addition to her recent roles as Associate VP, External Relations and Dean (pro-tem) of Lifelong Learning, she was at the helm of the Surrey campus since it opened in 2002 as the founding Executive Director. In this position she led delivery of the successful business case to government, oversaw the campus as enrollment grew from 300 students to more than 6,500, played an active role in the revitalization of Surrey’s downtown core and supported student initiatives such as SFU Venture Connection.

Curry has also managed the secretariat of the SFU Surrey India Advisory Council and coordinated SFU’s envision consultation process. She has maintained numerous ties with community organizations, including board memberships with the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, the Surrey and Burnaby Boards of Trade and the TELUS Vancouver Community Board.

In addition to holding a BComm with distinction from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from SFU, Curry recently completed a doctorate in business administration from the University of Bath, receiving the Richard and Shirley Mawditt Prize for top thesis.

In 2012, Curry received an honourary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for her many contributions to higher education. She has twice been nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award and was singled out for top honours in the professional category at the Surrey Women in Business awards in 2010.

Just Posted

Teen stabbed at Surrey’s Unwin Park

17 year old was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Vancouver Giants earn a weekend sweep against Everett

Langley-based hockey team plays its next game is at home on Friday, Sept. 28, against Seattle.

Proudly Surrey modifies child-care policy

Slate wants to use school board property for child-care spaces

Surrey school board wants to expand French Immersion program

District had to close program at Cougar Creek Elementary due to low enrolment

VIDEO: Scarecrow festival kicks off in Port Kells

Fourth-annual event will be on until Halloween

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Newcomers vying to fill power void in Vancouver’s ‘weird’ election race: expert

A proliferation of new parties and independent candidates are crowding the Vancouver race

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

Most Read