September 2020

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon University board chair David Morrison announced today that president Dr. Mike DeGagné has resigned his position. 

“We are disappointed that Dr. DeGagné is unable to continue as president but respect his decision,” said David Morrison, chair of the Yukon University Board of Governors.  

“It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision. Yukon University is a fantastic institution. There is much to be proud of here. Yukon and Canada are fortunate to have such dedicated faculty, staff and executives working hard to make a difference for students, northerners and all Canadians,” said Dr. DeGagné. 

Effective immediately, the Yukon University Board of Governors has appointed Vice President University Services Dr. Maggie Matear as interim president and vice chancellor. 

WHITEHORSE, YT—By switching to virtual, online offerings this Fall, the Continuing Studies division at Yukon University has increased the variety of courses available to Yukoners and is able to reach more people than ever before. 

Continuing Studies (CS) encompasses short professional, personal and organizational development courses, workplace certifications, youth Science and Technology programming, social innovation, social justice and first aid training.  

These courses see between 4500 to 5000 students annually—the majority of whom attend in-person classes at one of YukonU’s 13 campuses. This number is in addition to the 1200 to 1300 credit program students attending each year. 

When COVID-19 response measures came into effect in March, CS initially suspended offerings, but quickly pivoted to delivering learning via online, self-paced methods and live Zoom sessions.