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Dr. Cheryl Pauls reappointed CMU President

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is pleased to announce that it has reappointed President Dr. Cheryl Pauls to a second term.

“We are extremely excited and gratified that Cheryl has accepted the call to a second term,” says CMU Board of Governors Chair Gordon Daman. “We are also extremely thankful for the humble service and leadership she provides.”

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CMU President, Dr. Cheryl Pauls

Pauls says that she is excited to continue to serve in her role as President.

“What I love most about CMU is the character of faith, courage, and vulnerability with which students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities collectively seek trustworthy understandings,” Pauls says. “It is an honour and joy to nurture the avenues and relationships that sustain this vibrant university community.”

Pauls’ reappointment follows an extensive review of her first term that the Board conducted this past spring. The review included stakeholder feedback from faculty, staff, alumni, donors, sister institutions, Council and Board members, church leaders, and students.

“The gifts Cheryl has, and the commitment to service she exhibits each and every day, made the decision of a second call one that was not only easy to make, but one that was exciting for the Board,” Daman says.

Pauls’ second term, slated to last five years, will begin in the summer of 2017.

Pauls first began her work as President in November 2012. During her first term, Pauls oversaw the construction of Marpeck Commons, the university’s new Library, Learning Commons, and Pedestrian Bridge.

During Pauls’ administration, the university has introduced two new graduate studies programs: a Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development, as well as a Collaborative Master of Business Administration program jointly offered by CMU, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Bluffton University.

Since Pauls became President, CMU has also started offering a new undergraduate major in Environmental Studies.

In addition to these academic changes, Pauls has been a strong proponent of Indigenous education.

Also under her leadership, the university began hosting the Peguis First Nation post-secondary Indigenous transition program, a 10-month program that assists students in the transition from high school to post-secondary education, from the reserve to an urban setting.

Additionally, Pauls joined other post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba last December in a commitment to advance Indigenous education and reconciliation by signing the Indigenous Education Blueprint.

Pauls succeeded President Dr. Gerald Gerbrandt, who served as President from 2003 until his retirement in June 2012, and Interim President Dr. Earl Davey, who served in this capacity from July to October 2012.

Pauls is a graduate of one of CMU’s predecessor colleges, Mennonite Brethren Bible College, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Prior to becoming President, she served as Professor in Piano and Music Theory at CMU.

Pauls has made her home in Manitoba since 1983. She and her husband Bryan Harder have two sons, Nicholas and William. The family attends River East Mennonite Brethren Church.

About CMU

A Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, CMU’s Shaftesbury campus offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, humanities, music, sciences, and social sciences, as well as graduate degrees in theology, ministry, peacebuilding and collaborative development, and an MBA. CMU has over 800 full-time equivalent students, including those enrolled in degree programs at the Shaftesbury and Menno Simons College campuses and in its Outtatown certificate program.

For information about CMU visit www.cmu.ca.

For additional information, please contact:
Kevin Kilbrei, Director of Communications & Marketing
kkilbrei@cmu.ca; 204.487.3300 Ext. 621
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB  R3P 2N2

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Marpeck Commons Grand Opening and Dedication (video)

“We are honoured to open this spectacular space to the university community and the communities surrounding CMU,” says CMU President Cheryl Pauls. “Marpeck Commons will be the hub of the campus and of a vibrant learning community. It’s a great place for formal and informal gathering, and we’re excited about the quality of conversation and study that will happen there.”

Pauls adds that the bridge offers coherence to the CMU campus by providing students, staff, and guests a safe and accessible way across Grant Ave.

Central to Marpeck Commons is the library. The library is vital to CMU’s effectiveness in connecting students with one another and with the expertise and mentoring of faculty, librarians, and staff.

Marpeck Commons also houses CommonWord, a book and resource centre created in partnership with Mennonite Church Canada that will allow users to buy, borrow, and download a wide range of resources, as well as a coffee and snack bar called Folio Café.

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CMU Welcomes New President Cheryl Pauls

Dr. Cheryl PaulsNovember 1, 2012 – Canadian Mennonite University begins a new era of leadership in welcoming its President Dr. Cheryl Pauls to her duties effective November 1, 2012.

CMU Board of Governors Chair Marlene Janzen is delighted to welcome Pauls as President. “Our Board is very excited to have Pauls begin her new duties,” says Janzen, who announced the appointment in February 2012. “We are highly confident in our President’s abilities to find creative ways to strengthen and broaden our student base, programming, funding structures, and constituent relationships, and we look forward to working with her.”

“The primary imperative of my role as President of CMU is to support and sustain the impulse of the university’s mission so that it resonates both within and beyond the institution,” says Pauls. “I look forward to working with CMU’s strong team of faculty and staff, as well as its many external friends and partners to further implement the mission entrusted to this university.”

Pauls follows President Dr. Gerald Gerbrandt, who served as sole President from 2003 until his retirement on June 30, 2012, and Interim President Dr. Earl Davey, who served in this capacity from July to October, and who now returns to the duties of Vice-President Academic.

Among her first priorities will be to both sustain and bolster the strong momentum of the University’s CONNECT Campaign, which is raising funds for a new CMU Library and Learning Commons and Pedestrian Bridge. “We are halfway to goal, and have set our sights on bringing this capital project to successful completion so that we can offer these outstanding new facilities and services to students, to faculty, and to the broader community,” says Pauls.

Pauls is a graduate of one of CMU’s predecessor colleges, Mennonite Brethren Bible College (MBBC), and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. The CMU President ‘s strong administrative and leadership gifts have already been well utilized during her time at CMU, with her most recent role being Chair of the Shaftesbury Campus and member of the President’s Council from 2008 to 2012.

Formerly, Pauls served as Professor in Piano and Music Theory. She is a well-established solo and collaborative pianist, known particularly for performances of new music and for multi-media worship events. Pauls has undertaken research projects focused on the interface of studies in music theory and performance with those in memory, physiology, liturgy, and cultural expression.

One of the CMU President’s first initiatives after settling into her CMU Shaftesbury campus office in Winnipeg is to meet with various friends and supporters of CMU in Ontario and Alberta. As one of several stops on her trip, Pauls, who was born and raised in St. Catharines, ON, will pay a visit on November 3, 2012 to Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church where she grew up.

Canadian Mennonite University will hold the Service of Installation for its President on November 25, 2012, at River East Mennonite Brethren Church, 755 McLeod Avenue, Winnipeg. The service begins at 2:30 p.m.

Pauls has made her home in Manitoba since 1983. She and her husband Bryan Harder have two boys, Nicholas and William. The family attends River East Mennonite Brethren Church.