Nancy Handrigan,
Vice-President, Advancement


Nancy Handrigan (’92) is a seasoned fundraising professional with experience in health care and the private and public education sectors.

After receiving her BMus at Acadia, Nancy earned an MA in Music Criticism at McMaster University and continued her path in the arts as General Manager of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Nancy developed her skills in alumni relations and fundraising at McMaster, followed by a position in major gifts and gift planning at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Foundation in Burlington, Ontario. Before joining Acadia, she served as Executive Director, Philanthropy, at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario.

Nancy returned to Acadia in 2013 to serve as its Executive Director, Philanthropy. She added Campaign Director to her duties in 2017 as the University prepared to launch Campaign for Acadia. Nancy worked with a small advancement team to establish an impressive Campaign Cabinet and implement the launch of Acadia’s ambitious $75-million fundraising initiative that concluded successfully in December 2020, two years ahead of schedule, and exceeding its goal by nearly $12 million. The Campaign earned awards nationally and internationally for its communications strategies.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Nancy is delighted to serve the University, its alumni, donors and many friends as Vice-President, Advancement.

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Office of the Vice-President, Advancement
15 University Avenue
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6