Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee medal presented to President Humphreys for outstanding service
President Melanie Humphreys was presented with a Jubilee medal earlier this month for her diligent and tenacious service in the field of post-secondary education.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal was awarded to 7,000 Albertans noted as making significant contributions to the province. Humphreys was nominated by the Ministry of Advanced Education who wrote that she demonstrated exceptional qualities and outstanding service to the province in the field of adult education.
“The nomination was a surprise to me, and I was delighted to receive it,” says Humphreys. “I work hard to represent King’s within government to extend King’s mission and broadly represent Christian education.”
The well-deserved award comes after years of leading King’s as president and serving as vice-chair of the Alberta Post-Secondary Network Executive Committee (APSN), which informs on policies for Alberta’s universities to create better education for students.
At 10 years of leadership, Humphreys is one of the longest-serving presidents of Alberta’s 26 publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Her impact extends through varying levels of government—liaising at municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
“Dr. Humphreys is very effective at government relations, both in her role promoting King’s and in her leadership roles in coalitions of public and independent universities in Alberta and Ottawa,” says Harry Kits, former Board of Governors chair. “She is relational, positive, and always seeking real solutions while pressing hard on key issues to make government’s support and regulations better for higher education to deliver on its mission.”
Reflecting on what has been most memorable in her work so far, Humphreys says that she is thrilled to see students have opportunities for personal and academic growth, and thrive after graduation in their careers, service, and communities. King’s Statement on Inclusion is another distinct highlight.
“Navigating the Statement on Inclusion, and the Board of Governors’ unanimous approval of the statement, was an amazing moment,” says Humphreys. “It was one in which we addressed our institution’s past, our present, as well as our future.”
The King’s University celebrated three other members honoured with a Jubilee medal. Jenny McAlister, vice-chair of King’s Board of Governors; Dr. Joachim Segger, professor music, emeritus; and Jerry Bouma, King’s Board of Governors, governor emeritus, were each awarded a medal for outstanding contributions.
On Mar 16, 2023, Adriana Vanden Dool said
Wonderful, Dr Melani! Congratulations and may God contnue to blass you in your work for Kings! And also in your personality life! Adriana
On Mar 16, 2023, Jenny Van Belle said
My hearty congratulations! May God richly bless you as you continue your work at The Kings. Can’t believe it’s already ten years at the helm!
On Mar 16, 2023, George Lieuwen said
Congratulations Melanie receiving the Jubilee medal. In the six years you have provided unique transformational leadership style, inspiring positive changes in the highest level of moral and motivations from a Christian perspective.
On Mar 17, 2023, Loretta Loibersbek said
Congratulations, Dr. Humphreys. You truly live and model "you reap what you sow". Enjoy the blessings of your life, and may God's light continue to flow through you as you serve at King's U. Best Wishes, Loretta
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