Leading what's next for SFU

"It is a privilege to serve this community, and one that I don’t take lightly. From research and teaching to community engagement, I am so proud of where we’ve been and excited about where we're going. I invite you to come along as we advance an inclusive and sustainable future, together."

Meet Joy

Dr. Joy Johnson is SFU's 10th president and vice-chancellor. Widely respected in the academic and research communities, Joy stepped into the role of president after six years of achievement as SFU’s vice-president, research and international, and a long career in academia, research and innovation.

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In 2022, Joy co-led an extensive series of community conversations to discuss the future of the university. What's Next: The SFU Strategy came directly out of these conversations and outlines SFU's vision, purpose and values, alongside four priorities that create a framework for action moving forward:

  • Uphold Truth and Reconciliation
  • Engage in Global Challenges
  • Make a Difference for B.C.
  • Transform the SFU Experience

Learn more about how Joy approaches each priority in her role as president.

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From the President's Desk: The case for post-secondary education in a changing world

"I have come to believe, more firmly than ever, that universities will be key to advancing a more inclusive and sustainable future for all of us. As I reflect on my reappointment as president and look towards the future with hope, I want to share the work I’m most excited about at Simon Fraser University."

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