Dr. Peter J. Ricketts,
President and Vice-Chancellor

From the President's Desk

Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia's President and Vice-Chancellor, provided a State of the University internal update to faculty and staff on August 30, 2022, in the Huggins Science Complex. The address was recorded so that those not in attendance could review the information presented.

Dear Colleagues,
Like many around the globe, Acadia University is saddened by the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. Many will recall her gracing our campus and dining in Wheelock Hall during a tour of Canada in July 1976. It was a special time for our small campus to be on the world stage.

As we embark on the start of our fall term, I am reminded of how blessed we are as a community. Our strategic plan is about transforming lives for a transforming world, and nothing exemplifies how rapidly our world is transforming than the impacts of climate change.

Right now, as we celebrate the arrival of our students, nearly a third of Pakistan is under water following unprecedented and unrelenting monsoon rainfall, runoff from melting glaciers, and rising sea levels in the Indian Ocean. Flash flooding and landslides have claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people.

Acadia's President Dr. Peter Ricketts welcomes all to fall 2022 in a brief video message.

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer. Please take a moment to read a brief University update ahead of two important town hall meetings taking place in the coming weeks.