Earlier today Dr. Sean Riley, President of St. Francis Xavier University, announced his desire to initiate a succession process for the president.
has been a true honour to serve as President of St. Francis Xavier University.
It’s been my privilege to work with many of the best faculty and staff in the
country over the years to make StFX one of the best institutions in Canada,”
said Dr. Riley.
humbled by the notion that I have had an opportunity to directly influence the
lives of thousands of young, bright leaders.”
of the StFX Board of Governors, the Hon. Frank McKenna, said a search for a new
president will be launched by the Board of Governors in the near future. Dr.
Riley will serve until a new president is selected.
behalf of the StFX Board of Governors, I thank Dr. Sean Riley for leading StFX
through a period of unprecedented growth,” said Mr. McKenna. “Entering his
18th year as President, he established StFX University on a national
and global stage as one of the best. His focus and dedication to the student
experience is legendary.”
a personal level, I want to thank Sean for being an incredible inspiration and a
native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Dr. Sean Riley has had a remarkable career
dedicated to public service, education, and community development, both locally
and on the international stage. A graduate of StFX in 1974, and a Rhodes Scholar
with a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, he returned
to Nova Scotia in 1996 after careers in government, finance, and business to
become the 17th President of StFX.
his term, Dr. Riley has been instrumental in implementing an aggressive
infrastructure and campus renewal program. Under his stewardship, over a quarter
of a billion dollars was generated and invested in StFX to build academic
spaces, classrooms, programs, and residences. He also worked tirelessly to
enhance an experiential learning model, one that provides students with exchange
and service learning opportunities around the globe.
was extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Sean Riley at the helm,” said the Rt.
Hon. Brian Mulroney, a StFX graduate. “It is amazing to witness the growth and
national recognition StFX has achieved during Sean’s tenure. This is a true
testament to his leadership.”
graduate and student leader, Nick Head-Petersen said “Dr. Riley is involved and
extremely engaged with students. He was always interested in our progress and
encouraged us to push our own boundaries.”
Riley's contributions to StFX are too numerous to list,” said Shawn Monahan,
President of the StFX Alumni Association. “We have been so fortunate to have one
of the greatest University presidents in Canada leading StFX. On behalf of StFX
alumni, I thank Sean for all he has contributed to StFX.”
Riley is a member of Order of Canada. Dr. Riley recently has been national Chair
of Canada World Youth, and an institutional board member of the Royal Society of
Canada. He currently serves on the Premier's Advisory Council on the Economy, on
the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, the Board of the Pierre Elliot
Trudeau Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of Agnico-Eagle Mines. He is a
former board member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada as
well as a member of provincial and regional university organizations.