CMU board selects president
University’s next president is current faculty memberBy Nadine Kampen Canadian Mennonite University
WINNIPEG, Man. — Cheryl Pauls has been appointed Canadian Mennonite University’s second president by the university’s board of governors.
Pauls, a faculty member, will assume her new duties Nov. 1. She follows President Gerald Gerbrandt, who will retire June 30.
She 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.
Currently a professor in piano and music theory, Pauls is known for performances of new music and multimedia worship events. She has researched the interface of studies in music theory and performance with those in memory, physiology, liturgy and cultural expression.
From 2000 to 2007 she served as coordinator of the music department. Since 2008 she has been chair of the Shaftesbury campus and member of the President’s Council.
Search committee chair Ron Loeppky said Pauls’ nomination came from multiple sources.
“In Dr. Cheryl Pauls, we are delighted to present a person who is well qualified academically, well connected with the church, has a clear understanding of the constituency and a strong passion for the institution and for CMU’s vision and mission,” he said.
Pauls and her husband, Bryan Harder, have two sons and attend River East Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, where she recently completed a term as church moderator.
Including Menno Simons College and the Outtatown program, CMU has more than 1,700 students.
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