All of the President’s public statements are compiled here, including recent messages to the SFU community.


  • October 05, 2020

    October 1st marked my first 30 days as SFU president. I want to thank everyone for your warm welcome, kind messages and support. It has been a busy, productive and rewarding month.

  • September 08, 2020

    A central role of universities and their members is to address pressing societal issues. As critical thinkers who seek to improve our society, members of our community will not only participate in these conversations, but lead and advance them.

  • September 01, 2020

    Hi everyone, I’m Joy Johnson, the new president of SFU. Welcome to the fall 2020 term. For returning students, I know how challenging the spring and summer were. Pivoting to online classes while balancing personal needs was one of the biggest challenges many of us have faced. I’m so proud of your resilience, and I’m excited to start this fall term with you.

  • September 01, 2020

    Hi everyone. I’m Joy Johnson, and as of today, I am the president of SFU. I want to start this fall term and my new role by simply saying thank you. Over the past five months, I’ve watched with pride as you have responded to student needs with dedication, creativity and flexibility, delivered a world-class education under changing conditions, and carried on with the research and innovation that our world needs more than ever.

  • September 01, 2020

    At SFU, curiosity and critical inquiry are central to fulfilling our academic purpose and our drive to engage with the world around us. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding requires the freedom to question conventional thinking and inherited truths, including ideas that are held beyond reproach.