Dr. David Zietsma was appointed interim president on May 1, 2021.
Dr. Zietsma brings a wealth of experience, passion and vision to the interim president position. Prior to his current role, he served at Redeemer as provost and vice president, academic, working closely with then president, Dr. Graham, in accomplishing Redeemer’s mission through a comprehensive vision that integrates university learning and student development where faith, life and learning are vitally connected. As the chief academic officer, he also provided crucial leadership in building an effective academic administration with a cohesive partnership between curricular and co-curricular programs, activities and staff.
Previous to 2020, Dr. Zietsma served in the vice president, external relations and enrolment position, working closely with stakeholders to increase Redeemer’s reach and impact. Before 2020, he served as dean of humanities from 2010 to 2015, while also holding the appointment of associate provost, curriculum from 2013 to 2015. As a member of president’s council, he was deeply involved in developing the Redeemer 2020 Strategic Plan. He also led the development of the new core curriculum, which has been instrumental in getting students to think beyond the boundaries of their major area of study, integrating faith, life and learning. As vice president, external relations and enrolment, Zietsma helped lead new efforts in student recruitment, fundraising, and marketing, including tuition restructuring and the Re Campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in Redeemer’s history.
The President of Redeemer University is the Chief Executive Officer of the institution. As its head, the President is responsible and accountable for providing overall leadership and management of the University.