media release

Canada Council member to lead SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit

April 01, 2014

Nick Seliwoniuk, Arts Club Theatre Company, 604.687.5315 ext. 243,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,


Simon Fraser University has named Howard R. Jang, the executive director of Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company, as its new director of the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit

Jang, who has served for 14 years as executive director of the Arts Club, will join the university in August. In addition to his role as the new director of the Cultural Unit, Jang will also serve as a Professor of Professional Practice within SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

“I am inspired and motivated by SFU’s core value of ‘Engagement’ and the University’s commitment to strengthen and connect communities,” says Jang, who was appointed to the board of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2012.

“The unique opportunity to teach at the School for the Contemporary Arts and lead the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit will allow me to use my expertise and experience to position arts and culture as a catalyst for innovative thinking and practice that builds partnerships and community.”

In his sixth year on the TELUS Vancouver Community Board and the past chair of Tourism Vancouver, Jang has been an active member of several volunteer boards and committees, most notably for the Canadian Arts Summit, Orchestras Canada, the Manitoba Arts Stabilization, Tourism Winnipeg and Vancouver, The Canada Council Theatre and Dance, The BC Arts Council Music, the Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, Vancouver Foundation’s Arts & Culture Advisory, PAL Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

“To attract an individual of Howard R. Jang’s calibre to SFU speaks to the quality, scale, and depth of work already underway within our SFU’s Woodward’s Cultural Unit, as well as to the potential of the unit,” said SFU’s Vice-President, External Relations Philip Steenkamp.

“Howard’s background as an administrator and an artist, his extensive community connections, his passion, and his artistic vision will enhance the Cultural Unit as it works to support SFU’s vision of becoming Canada’s leading engaged university.”

Jang joined the Arts Club in 2000, and has since led the organization through four multi-year strategic plans. At SFU, Jang will direct a unit that has been responsible for cultural and artistic programming at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, as well as collaborate with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, which produces public talks, community partnerships, accessible education opportunities, and SFU student placements in community organizations.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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