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President and Vice-Chancellor

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Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, St. Thomas University is a small, primarily undergraduate university dedicated to excellence in liberal arts education. Its liberal arts offerings include more than 25 programs in the social sciences and humanities, and its Bachelor of Arts is complemented by post-graduate professional degree programs in education and social work.  St. Thomas is known for its sensitivity to the needs of individual students, concern for social issues and interaction with the community beyond the campus. A very strong sense of community unites its alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends.

With an enrolment of approximately 1,700, its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education and Social Work degrees, the latter including a new master’s. Its more than 180 full and part-time faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the University holds two Canada Research Chairs and a New Brunswick Health Research Foundation Chair. 

The President is the chief executive officer of St. Thomas University and provides leadership for all academic, administrative and financial programs in keeping with the university's mandate, board-approved policies, and other appropriate legislation and regulations. The President is responsible for overseeing the university's policies, procedures, strategic planning and development activities. The President is the primary public face of the institution and also represents the university to governments, academic agencies and other relevant organizations.

As the ideal candidate, you have a doctoral degree or a relevant terminal degree in your field of study. You will bring a strong foundation of experience in the liberal arts, and a passionate belief in the value of a liberal arts education in the contemporary world. A successful track record of previous leadership experience will have allowed you to develop strengths in strategic thinking, financial management and the ability to communicate effectively and build consensus in a collegial environment. As an inspirational, outgoing and energetic leader with the ability to foster collaboration and diversity, the new President and Vice-Chancellor will be able to address challenges and inspire solutions while leading St. Thomas University into the future.

The land on which St. Thomas University is located is the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Wəlastəkewiyik / Maliseet whose ancestors along with the Mi’Kmaq / Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati Tribes / Nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s.

An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal persons, members of visible minority groups and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

 St. Thomas University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named below. 

Offers of employment will be conditional upon a candidate providing proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (or a valid medical or religious exemption).  

The appointment begins July 1, 2023, or as soon thereafter as possible. If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Jennie Massey, Partner at [email protected], Kyle Steele, Academic Executive Search Consultant at [email protected], Jessica Snelgrove, Executive Recruiter at [email protected].ca, or submit your application online at

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