Saint Mary’s welcomes new president Robert Summerby-Murray. photo: Nick Pearce/Dalhousie University

President-Elect Announced

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

In February, after an international search, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray was chosen as Saint Mary’s University President-Elect. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Summerby-Murray has been in Canada since the 1980s, when he received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of senior academic roles, including as Dean of Social Sciences at Mount Allison University from 2003-2010 and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University since 2010. “Through our consultations with the University community we knew we needed a leader who would promote academic excellence, understand our challenges, and provide collegial leadership,” says Board Chair John S. Fitzpatrick, QC. “We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Summerby-Murray to the Saint Mary’s University community.” Summerby-Murray will replace outgoing President Dr. Colin Dodds who has served in the role since 2000.

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