From the President's Desk

A smiling female student writes notes while illuminated by a desk lamp.

While I extend best wishes for a pleasant long weekend and study break, I share Public Health’s concern over the potential spread of the virus, especially with the presence of the more aggressive mutations. I strongly agree with Public Health’s advice to you to avoid leaving Nova Scotia. To help contain the spread of the Coronavirus and prevent the need for further restrictions, please stay locally at home or in residence here in Wolfville during the break.

The desire for an equal and inclusive society continues as we mark Black History Month this February. As members of the Acadia community, we must play our part by affirming our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity on our campus, within higher education, and beyond.

The Acadia community was touched and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Al Whittle (Class of 1960) over the weekend. For more than six decades, Al, always smartly attired, was a constant and welcoming figure at Acadia and in Wolfville. Though he was a self-effacing, gentle, and humble man, it is no exaggeration to say he stands as a legend in our hearts and minds.

As we head into 2021, we can all be proud of getting to this day - starting our winter term! Enjoy the opportunities to grow that are ahead, both the successes and the "failures," because this semester, we are all learning and growing in new ways.

I want to express how extremely proud I am of our community for our accomplishments over the past year.

Today, I am pleased to announce that Nancy Handrigan (’92) CFRE, will be appointed Interim Vice-President, Advancement, on March 1, 2021. I am delighted that Nancy has agreed to take on this important leadership position at such a critical time for Acadia. It is exciting to have her step into the role and oversee our fundraising and alumni relations activities.