Susan Mumm and Barry L. Craig have been named to head Brescia University College and Huron University College, respectively, leading the two Western affiliates into new eras.
Mumm was appointed the 12th Principal of Brescia, effective July 2016, the Brescia Board of Trustees announced Dec. 11. Currently Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s University, Mumm 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.
Craig was appointed the 17th Principal of Huron, effective July 2016, the Huron Executive Board announced Dec. 8. Currently Vice-President (Academic and Research) at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., Craig follows Stephen McClatchie, who has served as Principal since 2011.
“I am honoured and excited,” Craig said. “Huron is truly one of Canada’s historic universities. It possesses dynamic and committed faculty and staff, an impressive list of accomplished and loyal alumni, and it attracts outstanding students from across Canada and beyond. I believe that there are tremendous opportunities in the next few years for Huron to become a national example of how a small university with a commitment to academic excellence can be a leader in postsecondary education.”
Craig holds a PhD from the University of Wales, an MA from Dalhousie University and a BA from the University of Kings College. He received a special merit award for research from St. Thomas University and twice received the excellence in teaching award from the St. Thomas University Students’ Union, as well as the excellence in teaching award from St. Thomas University in 2002. He has extensive experience in curriculum, programme and policy development and has published several books as well as numerous journal articles, reviews and presentations.
First as Dean of Faculty and then as Vice-President (Academic and Research), Craig has been an academic administrator for more than seven years. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and has been awarded St. Thomas University’s highest awards for teaching and research.
During his time at St Thomas University, Craig led the development of an accessibility services office that resulted in record enrollment of students with disabilities. He negotiated a new university access agreement with New Brunswick’s largest Aboriginal First Nation, establishing a pilot program which offered liberal arts courses in the Aboriginal community. Craig was responsible for supervising the development of pre-law and pre-health sciences concentrations at St. Thomas, as well as negotiating collaboration agreements with Harvard Business School to offer HBX Core programs to St. Thomas students. He wrote St. Thomas University’s Student Code of Conduct and developed an initiative to deliver liberal arts lectures on ethics and social responsibility, via live video link, to executives of India’s largest independent oil company.
“Dr. Craig brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Karen Wilkinson, Chair of the Huron Executive Board. “We are very confident in the leadership and contributions he will bring to our community here at Huron.”
This appointment comes after deliberation by the Huron University College Selection Committee composed of Huron faculty, board, staff and students.
“I would like to thank all members of the Huron community who provided input to the selection committee toward selecting the 17th Principal of Huron University College,” said Ian Jeffreys, Chair of the Selection Committee and Vice-Chair of the Huron Executive Board. “It is through their contributions that we were able to choose the best possible candidate for this important position.”