UPDATE: Dawn Russell STU’s first female president

Dawn Russell (submitted)

St. Thomas University has finally found its new president and vice-chancellor.

This morning, the university confirmed that Dawn Russell, an alumna of STU and currently the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law at Dalhousie University, will be STU’s first female president and vice-chancellor come July 1.
Russell graduated from STU with a BA in English Honours and was valedictorian of her class.

“When I delivered my valedictory address at the convocation in 1977, I talked about [St. Thomas] as being small and inspirational, and I think it’s still the same,” Russell said.
Originally from Chatham Head, New Brunswick, Russell has a strong tie to St. Thomas. Her husband of 26 years is an alumna too and she has two children currently enrolled.

“I think St. Thomas provides a wonderful education. It did when I was there, and my perception even through my children who are students, is that they are getting a great education because I can see they’re engaged,” she said.

Although she begins her five-year term July 1, a formal introduction will be made in the fall.

Check out theAQ’s next print edition this Tuesday for more.

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