Offices & Governance

David Docherty, PhD

David Docherty, PhDDavid Docherty, PhD, is currently in his second term as President of Mount Royal University, first joining the University in 2011 as Mount Royal's ninth president.

An accomplished academic, author and administrator, Dr. Docherty came to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, where he served as senior advisor on multi-campus initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost. Before that, he was Dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Arts.

Dr. Docherty obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON in 1984. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in political science from McMaster University in 1990 and his PhD in political science from the University of Toronto in 1995.

The author of two books and numerous articles on Canadian politics, Dr. Docherty has been a frequent commentator on regional and national radio, and his analyses of provincial and national politics are regularly cited in leading Canadian newspapers.

Docherty is committed to providing an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for Mount Royal University students. His favourite part of the academic year is convocation. Not only does he love shaking the hands of all the graduates, he plays a special role at convocation by playing his bagpipes together with the pipe band that leads Mount Royal grads in and out of each ceremony.

In commemoration of Canada's sesquicentennial, Dr. Docherty was honoured to be asked to speak at the Senate Chamber in May, as part of the Symposium which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation