Sarah Dench

VP, Student Affairs at Douglas College

Sarah Dench is the Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Sarah works closely with the VP Academic supporting the academic and operational goals of Douglas College, and has overall responsibility for Learning Resources, the Registrar’s Office, and Student Affairs and Services.

Sarah joined the College in September 2016, with over 25 years of experience in public post-secondary education. Previously, she was the Executive Director, Simon Fraser University International, providing strategic leadership in the development of international partnerships, initiatives, projects and programs. She also served as the Director, University Curriculum and Institutional Liaison, in the office of the Vice President Academic at SFU. Sarah began her career in Student Affairs, and held roles in those areas at both SFU and the University of B.C., working in planning and policy, student retention and academic affairs, and strategic projects.

Sarah received a BA (Psychology) from the University of Victoria, an MA (Women’s Studies) from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis work focused on the strategic enrollment management of women in engineering.


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    June, 2021 - present

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