University of Victoria president David Turpin to step down
University of Victoria president David Turpin plans to resign from his leadership role at the postsecondary institution in June 2013.
Turpin, who was appointed as the university’s president and vice-chancellor in 2000, made the announcement today (May 15).
“I have been extraordinarily fortunate to lead this great institution and I have been honoured to work with a great team of colleagues,” Turpin said in a news release from the university.
“Serving as president has been the highlight of my professional career. It is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life,” he said.
According to the release, Turpin said "the timing is right from an institutional perspective" for his resignation.
During his tenure, the university saw its research funding quadrupled, graduate education expanded, and a focus placed on Indigenous studies, according to the release.
Turpin is a well-known Canadian biologist who was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2010.