Dr. Wendy Fletcher assumed the role as Principal of Renison University College, on August 18th, 2014. On January 26th, 2017 the role of Principal was changed to President and Dr. Fletcher has continued on at Renison with the new title of President and Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Fletcher also assumed the newly created position of Director of International and Inter-Cultural Development. The purpose of this new position is to promote strategic directions that will develop the capacity of Renison’s programs to meet the needs for language and cultural studies of both the College’s and the University’s growing numbers of students either from abroad or intending to work or study abroad.
Further, the Director will seek to increase opportunities offered by Renison for dialogue and learning between different cultures and faiths.
Dr. Fletcher brings to Renison extensive experience as a Professor and administrator. For the last 13 years, Dr. Fletcher has served in a number of capacities at the Vancouver School of Theology – as Professor, Academic Dean, Dean, Vice-Principal and, for a period of seven years, as Principal.
Prior to joining the Vancouver School of Theology, Dr. Fletcher taught as a Lecturer and Professor at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Fletcher obtained her PhD in 1993 from the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto. She also holds the degrees of Master of Divinity with Honours from Huron University College and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Fletcher’s areas of specialization include the intersection of culture and Christianity in the 20th century, the history of colonization and its impact on Canadian First Nations, and the decline of Christianity in the North American culture. She has authored a variety of books, book chapters and articles over the course of her career. As an educator, she has developed special relationships with a number of First Nations and has been adopted into two of them.
As an experienced administrator, Dr. Fletcher comes with a strong reputation for managing in a style that is characterized by open communication, collaborative relationships and an emphasis on team building.