Leadership

Allan Cahoon, Ph.D.

Acting President

We are pleased to have someone with senior academic and operational experience in higher education to assume this role of leadership in this critical time for the University and higher education in general.

David FiguliChair of the Board of Trustees

On March 10 2020, Dr. Allan Cahoon was appointed Acting President of Sofia University. 

Prior to Dr. Cahoon’s appointment as Acting President, he served as President and Vice-Chancellor of one of Canada’s most innovative, special purpose public universities: Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He also previously served as the Vice-President (Research and International) at the University of Regina (Canada) and as Professor of Organization Behaviour and University and Faculty Administrator at the University of Calgary (Canada).

He currently serves as the Past President of the Inter-American Organization of Higher Education (IOHE) and Honorary President of Shanghai Lida University (China).

He holds a BA and MSc from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

He has been a visiting professor in the United States, Australia, Hungary, Mexico, China, and the Netherlands. He has maintained a distinguished academic and research career for over 45 years and will be teaching and supervising graduate students during his residency at the Palo Alto Campus of Sofia University.

Message from the President:

“Sofia education recognizes that learning is multi-faceted and ranges from social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and creative. We are grateful for your choice to learn with us at Sofia and tremendously appreciative for the time and effort that you have taken to arrive here. Good luck on your transformative journey.”

 

Education:

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, Public Administration
  • MSc, Brigham Young University, International Administration
  • BA, Brigham Young University and University of Calgary, History and Political Science

Experience:

  • 2019 to present: University Professor, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC
  • 2007-2019: President and Vice-Chancellor, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC
  • 2006-2007: President (pro-tem) University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 2002-2006: Vice-President (Research and International) University of Regina, Regina

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Previous Academic positions:
• Assistant Dean
• Area Chair
• Director of Research
• Professor, Faculty of Management, and President (Faculty Association) Director of International Business, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Visiting professorships:
• Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC
• University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
• Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

International Visiting Professorships:
• Monash University (Mt. Eliza), Australia
• International Management Center (University of Central Europe), Budapest, Hungary
• Yamaguchi University, Japan

International Visiting Teacher/Supervisor:
• TEC Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico
• Avans University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
• Shanghai Lida University, China
• Hunan University, China
• Nankai University, China
• Tianjin Open University, China

Research Interests:
• Leadership
• Higher Education
• Women Leading Change
• International and Cross-cultural Development
• Human Resources

Volunteer Activities:
• President Inter-American Organization of Higher Education
• President University Public Sector Employees Association
• Saanich Advisory Committee on Planning, Economic Development and Sustainability, Advisory Council of the Order of B.C
• Member Saskatchewan Health Research Network
• Universities Canada International Advisory Committee

Senior Leadership Team

Stuart J. Sigman, Ph.D.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Lillian Gonzalez

Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment

Arti Martinez

Vice President of Global Strategy and Operations

As Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Stuart J. Sigman is responsible for all the instructional and research programs across the University; he also serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the university’s regional accreditor, WSCUC. He has broad responsibility in areas such as academic policy development, compliance, and executive communications. He leads projects and initiatives with the support of the President, working in close collaboration with other senior leaders of the University and the Board of Trustees to ensure rigorous and engaging student learning experiences.

Lillian Gonzalez joined the Senior Leadership team as Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Management in August 2018. She is responsible for marketing the University strategically to advance the overall presence and expanding the University reach and enrollment. She works collaboratively with the Leadership Team and supports the University’s strategies for academic engagement, volunteering, and philanthropy. She has direct oversight of undergraduate and graduate admission, student financial services, marketing analytics, and institutional marketing.

As Vice President of Global Operations, Arti Patel Martinez works collaboratively with the President and the Senior Leadership Team to develop productive, mutually beneficial relationships with the international community and to advance the University’s partnerships with international and global agencies. As the VP of Global Operations, she is the advisor to the University on International government policies and International enrollment strategies.

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