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Vice-President (Administration)


Ms. Zapshala-Kelln is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina. She was appointed to her current position as Vice-President (Administration) on June 5, 2017.

Ms. Zapshala-Kelln has an extensive background in public sector leadership. Prior to assuming this position, she served in the senior ranks of the Province of Manitoba civil service for almost two decades, most recently as Secretary to Treasury Board with the Department of Finance. Ms. Zapshala-Kelln also served as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Fiscal Management and Capital Planning with Treasury Board Secretariat, Assistant Deputy Minister, Administration and Finance for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services for Manitoba Conservation and Manitoba Water Stewardship.

In addition to her experience in leadership roles, Ms. Zapshala-Kelln also has extensive board experience, having served on the Crown Corporations Board, the Manitoba Development Corporation and Manitoba Opportunities Fund Board, the Public Schools Finance Board, the Crown Land and Property Agency Board and the East Side Road Authority Board.


The University of Manitoba is the largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning in Manitoba and, as such, plays a distinctive role within the province. In addition to offering undergraduate liberal education in arts, science and education, it provides programs in a broad range of professional studies, applied science, fine and performing arts and is responsible for the vast majority of graduate education and research in Manitoba.

The University of Manitoba is the university of choice for more than 27,000 students from Manitoba and other parts of Canada and the world. For a comprehensive summary of statistics on the University of Manitoba, refer to the IS Book under Financial and Operating Data.

The Vice-President (Administration) is the senior administrative officer of the University of Manitoba responsible for providing leadership in all administrative areas including the financial, business and investment interests of the University, ancillary services (bookstore, food service, residences, parking, pharmacy, postal services) security, fair practices and legal affairs, physical plant and property, risk management, human resources (including labour relations) and information systems and technology services.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-President (Administration) ensures the administrative units of the University of Manitoba achieve their mission to "provide high quality administrative and ancillary services which support the mission and promote the vision and goals of the University by:

  • being responsive, relevant and highly professional
  • anticipating the future needs of the University community and the expectations of the broad community
  • ensuring that the University meets its financial and legal obligations
  • being committed to achieving effective and efficient operations
  • demonstrating dedication to the University of Manitoba and a commitment to the principles of integrity, equity and fairness"



Ms. Lynn Zapshala-Kelln 
Vice President (Administration)