Release Date: May 1, 2008
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University of Regina introduces Dr. Vianne Timmons as new President

Mo Bundon, Chair of the University of Regina Board of Governors, today announced that Dr. Vianne Timmons has been appointed as the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina (U of R).

"Dr. Timmons' academic accomplishments and exemplary record of senior administrative leadership make her the ideal choice as the University of Regina's President and Vice-Chancellor," said Bundon.  "Her love of teaching and research and her commitment to students have been evident throughout her professional life and we are very pleased that she will now extend her record of success at our university."

 Dr. Timmons comes to the U of R with a wealth of academic and administrative experience as well as a history of community engagement. She is currently the Vice-President of Academic Development at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). A professor of education, she has served as Chair of the Education Department at St. Francis Xavier University and Dean of Education at UPEI.  [Please see attached backgrounder for further information about Dr. Timmons.]

"The University of Regina serves the larger community by playing a wide variety of important roles in the city and province," said Dr. Timmons. "I am excited about the opportunity to continue building a learning environment renowned both nationally and internationally for its teaching, research, culture and student experience."

Dr. Timmons will lead the University as it continues to expand its research agenda and introduce initiatives to make the U of R the university of first choice for a growing number of students.

Bundon also took the opportunity to acknowledge the work of current U of R President Jim Tomkins.

"The University owes a great deal to Dr. Tomkins. His leadership and personal commitment to the

U of R will be felt for many years to come," said Bundon.

Dr. Tomkins will serve as President and Vice Chancellor until June 30, 2008, at which point Dr. Timmons will assume the role. Dr. Timmons will be formally installed as President and Vice-Chancellor at Fall Convocation in October.



Dr. Vianne Timmons, President-Elect, University of Regina

Vianne Timmons was born in Labrador and spent her early life and career in Alberta and British Columbia and moved to Atlantic Canada in 1992 to join St. Francis Xavier University. She has been at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown for the last 13 years. Vianne and her husband Stuart have four children and two grandchildren. As a family, they enjoy skiing, kayaking and the outdoors generally.  In recent years, she has taken up marathon running.



Vice-President, Academic Development. University of Prince Edward Island, July 2001- present.

Professor, Faculty of Education. University of Prince Edward Island, July 1996-2001.

Dean, Faculty of Education. University of Prince Edward Island, July 1996-2001.

Chair, Education Department. St. Francis Xavier University, 1993-1996.

Associate Professor. St. Francis Xavier University, 1995-1996.

Assistant Professor, Education Department. St. Francis Xavier University, 1992-1995.

Instructor, Special Education Department (Sessional). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 1990-1992.

Instructor. Selkirk College, Castlegar, BC, 1984-1986.

Practicum Supervisor. Supervising student teachers and teacher aides, from both the university and school district level, 1984-present.



PhD in Education Psychology. 1993. Specialization in Rehabilitation. Thesis titled "Quality of Life of Children with Mental Handicaps," University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

MEd in Special Education. 1983. Thesis titled "The Effect of Music on Head Posturing of an Individual with Cerebral Palsy," Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA.

BEd 1980. Special Education. Acadia University, Wolfville, NS.

BA 1979. Combined major in Psychology and English, Mt. Allison University, Sackville, NB.


Research Focus

Dr. Timmons' research is focused in the area of education with a particular emphasis on literacy, learning and their roles in establishing healthy vibrant communities.

 Dr. Timmons' extensive research experience has focused in areas such as:

  • Improving the lives of children in Tsunami Camps (Ampara District, Sri Lanka)
  • Development of Literacy Resource Packs for Rural Atlantic Canada, and Mi'kmaq Communities
  • Research Network on Disability and Inclusion Indicators
  • International Perspectives on Literacy Education
  • Gender Differences in Achievement, Anticipated Adult Life-Roles and Career Choice and Science: A Pan-Canadian Perspective
  • Effectiveness of Programming and Services for Children with Autism in Prince Edward Island


For a comprehensive listing of Dr. Timmons' research activity: