Justin P. Goodrich has been elected the new chairperson of University of the Fraser Valley’s board of governors, effective Aug. 1.
Goodrich is the 14th UFV board chair, succeeding John Pankratz, whose term expired this summer.
UFV’s board of governors includes volunteer members appointed by government, and elected faculty, staff and students.
The board governs the management, administration, and control of the property, revenue, and business of the university.
Goodrich is the second UFV alumnus to serve as board chair. (His predecessor Pankratz also attended UFV.)
Goodrich completed a bachelor of arts in political science and an associate of arts in media and communication studies at UFV, graduating in 2012. He credits UFV with helping him with personal and professional growth.
“UFV changed my life. It was because of my time at UFV that I was able to really find a sense of peace about who I am, what I believe, and what I want to do with my life,” he said.
Upon graduation, Goodrich immediately began serving on the UFV Alumni Association board of directors, eventually becoming board chair.
During this time, he also served on the UFV Senate as its alumni representative.
In 2015, he was appointed to the UFV board of governors by the provincial government, and he was elected as vice-chair in 2017.
Goodrich is the managing partner of Alliance Public Affairs Group, a public affairs consulting firm with offices in Vancouver and Langley.
His areas of expertise include public, government, and media relations; strategic communications and stakeholder engagement; and policy development.
Since completing his undergraduate studies at UFV, Goodrich has continued his education, earning a master of laws degree in diplomacy and international law from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
UFV president Joanne MacLean welcomed Goodrich to his new role.
“I know and appreciate that Justin has a deep connection to UFV and that he will be a tireless advocate for our university,” she said.
Serving with Goodrich for the 2019-20 term are appointed members Nash Gill (vice chair), Adam Van Steinburg, Madeleine Hardin, Connie Swan, Maxine Bouthot, and Ritu Mahil; elected faculty and staff members Christine Slavik, Shelley Canning and Pierce Stoeckly; and student members Andrew Stahl and Duncan Herd, as well as Joanne MacLean and UFV chancellor Andy Sidhu.