Mount Allison University Names New President

Jean-Paul Boudreau. Image: Submitted

SACKVILLE – Mount Allison University has a new president and vice-chancellor.

The university announced Monday that its Board of Regents has appointed Jean-Paul Boudreau as its 15th president and vice-chancellor. He will begin his five-year term on July 1.

“Jean-Paul brings exceptionally strong academic and administrative experience to this role, proven skills in innovation through collaboration, and a commitment to experiential learning opportunities for students,” said Ron Outerbridge, chair of the Board of Regents and the Presidential Search Committee, in a release.

Boudreau comes to Mount Allison from Toronto’s Ryerson University, where he is a professor of psychology. There, he also serves as special advisor and executive lead for social innovation.

Boudreau, an Acadian who grew up in Moncton, was also Ryerson’s dean of the Faculty of Arts and chair of the Department of Psychology. In that role he launched the university’s first social innovation incubator, among other work.

He obtained his PhD in psychology from Tufts University in Boston and is a fellow with the Canadian Psychological Association. The award-winning teacher has also worked with researchers around the world and published extensively in international journals and scholarly books.

“I am thrilled and deeply honoured to be named Mount Allison’s 15th President and Vice- Chancellor,” Boudreau said in a release.

“Mount Allison has earned a long-standing reputation as one of Canada’s best undergraduate universities. I look forward to meeting with and listening to students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders, and working together, build upon the foundation of Mount Allison’s liberal arts and sciences tradition.”

The Presidential Search Committee was comprised of student, faculty, staff, and alumni representatives. The year-long search process included community consultation, presentations, interviews, and numerous on-campus meetings with members of the university’s community.