Samantha Lenci, EdD

Provost and Vice President Academic

Samantha was named Provost and Vice President Academic in August 2017. She brings with her expertise in the design, development, implementation and measurement of complex strategies about teaching and learning.  

Samantha’s educational experience started at what was then called Mount Royal College (now University), where she earned a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 1991. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary in 1995, and returned there for her masters of education degree, where she specialized in adult education and workplace learning. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from U of C, where she has specialized in higher education leadership.

Samantha has spent more than 20 years leading a variety of programs in education that provided leadership, community development, strategic planning, project management and program development during stints at Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College and SAIT. Most recently, she has worked as associate vice president of Academic Services at SAIT. In her new position, she looks forward to supporting and building upon the college’s teaching and learning strengths and working closely with all members of the community to realize the college’s strategic goals.


Provost and Vice President Academic


Samantha is the college’s primary champion for academic excellence in teaching and learning, applied research and the integration of academic and non-academic services. She oversees the following areas:

  • the academic portfolio , which includes academic centres, the Registrar’s office, regional stewardship, and more
  • the Academic Plan
  • Strategic Enrolment Management
  • academic leadership initiatives
  • academic excellence in teaching and learning 
  • applied research and innovation
  • interdisciplinary collaboration among academic leadership and faculty