Allan Cahoon, Ph.D.


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. 

Allan Cahoon, PhD, University Professor and Past President, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. He became President and Vice-Chancellor of Royal Roads University in 2007 and served in that capacity until December 31, 2018. While on leave in 2019 he was a Visiting International Professor at ITSEM (Monterrey TEC), Mexico and AVANS University of Applied Sciences, Breda Netherlands. He is currently a University Professor and interim president, Sofia University, California.

He is currently Past President, the Inter-American Organization of Higher Education (IOHE a Canadian based organization of over 350 Universities in the Americas). He has established a series of strategic partnerships with leading Chinese state agencies (SAFEA, CYCIE, CEAIE), Maple Leaf Educational System (MLES), Concord College Sino Canadian and appointed an Adjunct faculty or Visiting Professor at a variety of internationally recognized universities. In 2020 he was appointed Honorary President, Shanghai Lida University.

At Royal Roads University, Cahoon has served on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way Victoria, the Advisory Council of the Order of BC, as President of the University Public Sector Employers’ Association (UPSEA) and as a member of the judge’s panel for the Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Awards for BC Public Services – 2015. He is a former member of the Research Universities Council of BC (RUCBC) and of Universities Canada and served as a member of its international Relations Committee. He is a founder of the LGBTQ President’s in Higher Ed. He has been an advocate for establishing and supporting the Vancouver Island Presidents Post-Secondary Alliance and in establishing and supporting the South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP) and served on the District of Saanich’s Transportation and Environment Advisory Committee.

Cahoon has served on the editorial boards of four journals, authored or co-authored more than 40 articles and edited or contributed chapters to numerous books on organizational development. He has presented more than 85 adjudicated conference papers throughout his academic career. He was named an outstanding academic by the Inter-American Organization of Higher Education in and is a successful federal research grant recipient. In May 2015, Maple Leaf Educational Systems awarded him its highest recognition, the Medal of Excellence and Honour.

Cahoon is an expert on international and cross-cultural negations, leadership and post-secondary education. He recently provided the keynote presentation to the China Education Association for International Education (CEAIE) on international education and student mobility and Chaired the Institute on the Future of Leadership in the Post-Secondary Sector. In 2020 he was a keynote speaker at an International conference on the future of Higher Education, Post Covid-19, as well as an invited international presenter at a conference for SME service providers on the Changing Nature of Higher Education.

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.”



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


  • 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

Chris Nguyen

Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer

As Vice President Administration and CFO, Chris Nguyen is the senior administrative officer for Sofia University having authority over, all non-academic affairs including the financial, operational, business and investment interests of the University. He is also responsible for coordinating and managing the university’s operating and capital budgets and for safeguarding and optimizing return on the university’s assets.  Chris is a member of the Cabinet and works collaboratively with other senior leaders to support the President and the Board of Trustees in advancing the mission of the University.