Docherty makes surprise visit to campus
by Bryan Weismiller
David Docherty, Mount Royal University’s next president, was on campus today to speak with staff, students and faculty members. His unannounced visit was the first time he’s been on campus since being named Dave Marshall’s successor.
He described the day as being “hectic,” but added it’s great to meet “so many wonderful people.”
“I was overwhelmed by people’s warmth and enthusiasm, but not surprised,” Docherty said. “I certainly wasn’t surprised at how proud everybody is of Mount Royal.
“It’s not surprising, but it’s certainly gratifying that I’m coming to an institution where people just seem happy to come to work and school in the morning.
Docherty had several back-to-back meetings with staff, faculty, students, deans of various departments and vice-presidents. The campus tour included a trip through the administrative office to see his new office.
“I even got my official Mount Royal email account set up and I’m very happy about that,” Docherty said with a laugh.
Kaylene McTavish, future VP student life for the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University, was one of the students who had the chance to speak with the new president.
She said Docherty was shocked by some of the issues that were brought up during their meeting such as the campus’ current microwave shortage. Parking and community building were also discussed.
“It was really exciting to hear his enthusiasm,” McTavish said. “I’m really looking forward to what Mount Royal’s future has in store.
The former Wilfrid Laurier University senior advisor appeared to be very comfortable being on campus, however, he did appear exhausted near the end of the visit.
“I have almost lost my voice,” said Docherty. “Other than thanking everybody for welcoming me to Mount Royal, I just want to say I’m certainly looking forward to being here on a permanent basis very soon.”
Docherty officially takes over the presidential office on Aug. 1.