Brescia names Queen’s Mumm as its new Principal

Susan Mumm has been appointed the 12th Principal of Brescia University College, effective July 2016, the Brescia Board of Trustees announced today.

Special to Western NewsSusan Mumm has been appointed the 12th Principal of Brescia University College, effective July 2016, the Brescia Board of Trustees announced today.

Susan Mumm has been appointed the 12th Principal of Brescia University College, effective July 2016, the Brescia Board of Trustees announced today. Mumm, currently Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s University, follows Colleen Hanycz, who left to become president of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Penn., after leading the Western affiliate since 2007.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Mumm to Brescia,” said Larry MacKinnon, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Her proven leadership as an effective university administrator and her outstanding academic achievement make her the ideal person to lead Brescia University College as it continues to grow in size and stature as Canada’s only women’s university.”

Raised on a sheep farm in Saskatchewan, Mumm studied British history at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Sussex, England, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar.

Her international academic career has spanned more than 20 years. Mumm started as an assistant professor at York University, before joining The Open University in England, where, during her 10-year tenure, she moved from lecturer to head of department, beginning her career as a talented academic administrator. Prior to joining Queen’s in 2013, Mumm served as Dean of Arts and Science at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has published three books and numerous articles in her area of research and is working on a fourth book on the history of organizations for young working women in 19th-century Britain.

“I am honoured and humbled to be appointed Brescia’s 12th principal,” Mumm said. “Brescia has a long and rich history as Canada’s only women’s university, and I am excited to contribute to the growth and development of the next generation of women leaders.”

MacKinnon continued, “Dr. Mumm’s research in and commitment to social justice issues and supporting the development of women in leadership are closely aligned with Brescia’s mission of preparing our graduates to lead with wisdom, justice and compassion in a changing world. As Brescia prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2019, we look forward to seeing how the university will evolve under her leadership.”

Donna Rogers has served as Brescia’s Interim Principal since July 2015.