President, Douglas College
in New Westminster
Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas College, graduated with an Honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1980, an M.A (also from WiIfrid Laurier) in 1982, and a PhD from the University of Calgary in 1994. In his academic career, Scott spent many year teaching economics and political science for various institutions in Canada.
Shortly after joining Douglas College as President in August 2009, Dr. McAlpine embarked on the development of a new strategic plan. This plan, entitled Pathways to Success, sets the vision for the College at 2015 as the largest and most progressive baccalaureate degree granting College in British Columbia. To achieve this, Douglas is building new programs, expanding enrolments, embarking on a vigorous internationalization initiative, and putting students first within an environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and financially accountable framework.
Since the plan was implemented, Douglas has experienced 3 years of consecutive record enrollments of both domestic and international students, has developed many new programs to serve the post-secondary education and training needs of British Columbians, and has launched many new community facing initiatives such as applied research, and an office of community connections.
Since joining Douglas, Dr. McAlpine has made numerous presentations to community groups and conferences including papers on urban gentrification and its social implications, internationalization in post-secondary education, demographic shifts and challenges in lower mainland BC, and the role of applied research at Canadian Colleges. He also maintains active research interests in accessibility to post-secondary education, value change in western societies, and social cohesion.
A current member of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Presidents’ Science, Technology and Innovation Committee and Chair of the BCcampus Strategic Advisory Council, Dr. McAlpine has previously served on the boards of many community agencies and organizations. Born in Waterloo, Ontario, Dr. McAlpine has two adult sons, Matthew and Cameron. He and his partner Louise live in New Westminster.