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CMU announces new Vice President, External

CMU announces new Vice President, External

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is delighted to announce Sandy Koop Harder as its incoming Vice President, External, starting on June 1, 2021.

Koop Harder has diverse and demonstrated experience that positions her well in this executive role at CMU. She is Business Manager, Co-owner/Partner, and Senior Mediator at Facilitated Solutions. A Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada, she also holds a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in leadership.

In addition to strong entrepreneurial and relational capacities, she brings a depth of service and leadership engagement within governance and community development work in the church and church-related entities, including Mennonite Central Committee and Hope Mennonite Church.

Koop Harder is also a proud CMU alumna, with a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite Bible College, and a major in Conflict Resolution Studies through Menno Simons College.

"I have experienced, very practically and personally, the real impact of a CMU education, as both an alumna and as a parent of a current student," says Koop Harder. "I know firsthand that CMU is a place that has the power to transform generations of leaders. This both inspires and calls me."

"Sandy has a proven capacity for turning possibilities into realities, for facing challenges, and for bringing people together. Her abilities will transfer well to effectively communicating the uniqueness of CMU education to students, donors, and engageing church and other communities." says Cheryl Pauls, President of CMU.

"I love that CMU is a university that understands education isn't only about "knowing"—it's also about "doing" and "being", states Koop Harder. "I'm very excited about playing a role in an academic institution that not only educates for vocation in this very practical sense, but serves as an imagination and action incubator for what is possible in the Church and in the world,"

Koop Harder will transition to the Vice President External role following the retirement of Terry Schellenberg after 11 years with CMU later this Spring.


About CMU
A Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, CMU's Shaftesbury campus offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, humanities, music, sciences, and social sciences, and graduate degrees in Theology and Ministry, Business Administration, Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development. CMU is a member of Universities Canada.

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Kevin Kilbrei, Director of Communications & Marketing; 204.487.3300 ext. 621
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

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