“By recommending him as UFV’s next Chancellor, the Alumni Association sought to recognize Andy Sidhu as a hard-working and community driven business leader who will serve as an excellent role model for our students,” said UFV Alumni Association chair Nav Bains.
“Andy is a good friend and strong supporter of UFV and has been for many years. A long-time member of the South Asians Studies Institute board, Andy has deep connections and roots in the Fraser Valley region and has the ability to advocate for UFV with the diverse community throughout the Valley. We’re very happy to have him joining us in this role.”
UFV Board Chair John Pankratz couldn’t agree more. “In Andy Sidhu, the UFV Board of Governors welcomes an experienced community leader with deep international experience,” added Pankratz.
“We are thrilled.” In addition to making financial donations to local health care and recreational initiatives, Sidhu has volunteered with more than a dozen groups, including the UFV South Asian Studies Institute, the Abbotsford Foundation, Indo-Canadian Business Association, Abbotsford Community Services, and Abbotsford Hospice.
“I very much look forward to working with Andy Sidhu as UFV’s Chancellor,” said UFV President Jackie Hogan. “Andy is a respected business leader, and as the recipient of a Queens Diamond Jubilee and Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity award, his community commitment speaks for itself.”
Dr. Gwen Point’s time as Chancellor punctuated a lifetime of connection with UFV. She started her engagement with what was then Fraser Valley College in the early 1980s when she and her husband Steven (former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and now a B.C. provincial court judge) took university-level courses there. From FVC student to member of the University College of the Fraser Valley board of governors, to UFV assistant professor, Point’s career and educational journey paralleled the development of UFV from college to university. Sidhu will officially be installed as Point’s successor at a special installation ceremony in the coming months.