Reported by Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist

The University of Victoria's board of governors has announced it has accepted a recommendation that the university's president David Turpin be offered a third term

"I'm honoured," Turpin said yesterday of the offer. "This is a great university and it's an honour to be part of such an incredibly productive community."

Turpin's current five-year term ends on Aug. 31, 2010.

The reappointment follows an extensive performance review which characterized the 52-year-old Turpin as "thoughtful, strategic, energetic, enthusiastic and skilful in advancing the university's interests," said a press release.

The consultation process involved 32 government, academic and community leaders in the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Turpin is paid $459,753 annually in salary and benefits, according to UVic's website.

On campus, there is "extraordinary support" for Turpin, said the release.

Turpin, who has held the position of UVic president since 2000, is equally supportive of the university.

"We've got outstanding students, outstanding faculty, dedicated staff — nothing can make me feel more proud than to play a role in this institution." As much as he loves being president, Turpin said he does miss teaching. "One of the things I miss most is being in front of large, first-year classes."

The university is becoming well known for ocean and climate research.

Research grants have tripled since Turpin's arrival, reaching $106 million in the last fiscal year.