David H. Turpin

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David Howard Turpin
13th President of the University of Alberta
Assumed office
1 July 2015
Preceded by Indira Samarasekera
Personal details
Born (1956-07-14) 14 July 1956 (age 60)
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation Administrator
Profession Academic, professor, plant biologist, author

David Howard Turpin, CM, FRSC (born 14 July 1956) is a Canadian scholar and the 13th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta. He was the sixth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Victoria, a university in Victoria, British Columbia, from 2000 to 2013. This five-year appointment was renewed in 2004 and 2009.[1]

Turpin is a noted Canadian plant biologist and is the author or co-author of over 100 papers and reviews on the topic of plant photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogen assimilation. In 2010, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.[2]

President of the University of Alberta[edit]

Turpin succeeded Indira Samarasekera, who saw the university through a period of strong growth.[3] By 2014, the U of A faced a number of challenges including "funding issues, academic transformation and global competition for students and faculty."[3]


Employment and Experience[edit]


Academic offices
Preceded by
David F. Strong
President of the University of Victoria
Succeeded by
Jamie Cassels