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Graduate comes home to lead KPU’s Wilson School of Design

By Lorraine Graves

Published 1:49 PST, Wed February 26, 2020

When Andhra Goundrey finished her undergraduate studies in 1996, she didn’t think she would be coming back home to Richmond to work. 

After finishing the Fashion Design and Technology program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Goundrey went on to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership from Trinity Western University before launching her career teaching at KPU.

Now, her education and career have brought her full circle. Goundrey is the new Dean of the Wilson School of Design at KPU’s Richmond campus.

Knowing the design program from both the students’ and teachers’ perspective is a benefit. "I immerse myself in the same level of curiousity, challenge and connection with others that leads to growth in learning every day,” says Goundrey.

She returned to KPU in 2001 as a faculty member, then was the Fashion Design and Technology program coordinator for four years. She was appointed the position of Associate Dean in 2017 before being appointed Interim Dean of the design school in 2019. This week’s announcement makes the appointment permanent.

"Andhra has made significant, positive impacts to the Wilson School of Design and her passion for enhancing the educational experiences of students and faculty, and for elevating partnerships with industry and the community, is evident in her collaborative approach," says Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh, KPU’s provost and vice president, academic.

Established in 1981, KPU sees 20,000 students enrolled every year over five campuses across Richmond, Surrey and Langley. The Wilson School of Design offers a host of programs from fashion design to wearable tech and industrial design.

"I am extremely proud to be an alum of KPU and I am honoured to be Dean of the Wilson School of Design. I am also grateful to collaborate with a dedicated team that supports the growth of our students," says Goundrey.

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