Booth University College Announces Appointment of Next President


Winnipeg, January 8, 2016 – “This is an exciting day for Booth University College,” said Colonel Glen Shepherd, Chair of the Booth University College Board of Trustees, as he introduced Dr. Marjory Kerr as the fifth President of the institution.  The appointment, which is effective July 1, 2016, is the result of a thorough international search.  Dr. Kerr will succeed Dr. Donald Burke who has served as President since 2006 and who has been with the institution since it opened in 1982.


Marjory Kerr holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo and is a registered psychologist in Ontario.  Since August 2013, she has served as Vice President Academic and Dean at Booth University College.  During this time, Dr. Kerr has provided leadership for the academic programs of the institution.  She facilitated the development of the current Strategic Plan “Vision 2020: The Road to Booth University” and is leading the development and implementation of the Strategic Enrolment Plan.  


Dr. Kerr’s prior experience as a consulting psychologist focused on the identification and development of organizational talent in public, private and not-for-profit/NGO settings.  She has led numerous global projects and is an experienced facilitator and speaker at workshops and conferences. 


A lifelong member of The Salvation Army, Dr. Kerr has been involved in leadership in congregational and organizational contexts for many years.  From 2001-2007 she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Booth University College, serving as Chair of the Board from 2004 to 2007. She continues to serve on Territorial committees and task forces and is a member The Salvation Army Ethics Centre Board.


Booth University College is a growing undergraduate Christian institution built on more than 30 years of excellence, offering a range of academic programs.  Centrally located in Winnipeg, Booth University College reflects The Salvation Army’s deep involvement in service to the community and is committed to “Education for a Better World” as described in its mission statement:


William and Catherine Booth University College, rooted in The Salvation Army’s Wesleyan theological tradition, brings together Christian faith, rigorous scholarship and a passion for service. The University College educates students to understand the complexities of our world, to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be active contributors to society, and to know how Christian faith compels them to bring hope, social justice and mercy into our world.






To arrange an interview with Dr. Marjory Kerr, please contact:


Major John Murray

Vice President Advancement


Mobile:  (416) 889-4954