A Tribute to President Ray Ivany

President Ray Ivany represents the best of what a modern university president is – a visionary leader who combines work for the campus with activism and engagement in the broader community.    

Since 2009, Ray has forged collaborative partnerships to ensure a bright future for Acadia University. He has been instrumental in defining the value of a primarily undergraduate liberal arts university and has raised Acadia’s already impressive profile nationally and internationally.

Ray recognized that Acadia, and other entities in the region, cannot succeed alone. So, at the request of the Province, he led a group of visionaries from diverse sectors in Nova Scotia to examine and offer inspiration for a stronger economy. The Ivany Report now provides the blueprint to grow our economy in innovative and sustainable ways.

Under his leadership, Acadia has led all Atlantic Canada universities in enrolment growth, been acknowledged as a Top 50 Research University in Canada, and doubled the number and value of our commercial research contracts. Acadia has become one of the economic change-makers called for in The Ivany Report.

Ray has inspired us, and he has been inspired by the Acadia community – taking it upon himself to personally engage with each of us. He meets with all incoming students, attends early morning athletics practices, takes the time to personally thank our staff for efforts, to gather us together and make us stronger in difficult times, and to always support and applaud the work of our faculty.  

He is a Top 50 CEO Hall of Famer, (Atlantic Business Magazine); a Paul Harris Fellow (Wolfville Rotary); an Influential Atlantic Canadian (Canada’s Public Policy Forum); one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs (Waterstone Human Capital); and a member of the Honour Roll of the Top Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference (Maclean's magazine).

Acadia University has a long and strong history, but Ray Ivany made Acadia better. He expanded our reach and strengthened our partnerships, and we will be forever grateful.

Join us in celebrating the many accomplishments and lasting legacy of this extraordinary leader.

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