About the Principal

David Sylvester is the 8th Principal of King’s University College. Appointed in July 2009, Dr. Sylvester also holds a faculty appointment as associate professor in the department of History at King’s. 

He came to King’s after a decade of service as the founding President of Corpus Christi College, and as Principal of St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia. 

Dr. Sylvester has taught in the departments of history at the University of British Columbia, Corpus Christi College, Fordham University, and Trinity Western University. 

Committees Dr. Sylvester sits on:
  • Board of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Governance Committee of Universities Canada
  • Board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities based in Washington, D.C.
Past appointments:
  • Past chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada (ACCUC).    
  • the provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board
  • the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer
  • Director of Catholic Family Services and of Vancouver College
Dr. Sylvester’s research:

A social-economic historian, Dr. Sylvester’s area of research focuses on the nature of community in the middle ages, with a particular interest in medieval port towns, shipping, trade and piracy. 

He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Medieval History from Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York City.

He continues to publish on the medieval confederacy of English port towns known as the Cinque Ports.

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