Bruce Galloway to continue as University Chancellor at Acadia

Acadia President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Peter Ricketts has announced that alumnus Bruce Galloway (’68, ‘03) will continue to serve as the University Chancellor, having been re-appointed to a second-term by the Board of Governors. His appointment will continue until 2024.

“I am delighted that Bruce is staying on as Acadia’s Chancellor,” said Ricketts. “His commitment to Acadia knows no bounds and his many contributions have helped Acadia navigate challenges and seize opportunities. I look forward to working with him as we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic and implement our exciting new strategic plan, Acadia 2025.”

Galloway (’68) was first invested as the University’s seventh Chancellor during Acadia’s 2018 Convocation, succeeding Libby Burnham (’60) who had served as Chancellor for seven years.

Galloway’s journey to that moment began more than 50 years earlier when he arrived at Acadia from his Montreal home in 1964 to study and play football. An exceptional athlete, he played both offensive and defensive end for his first two years before switching exclusively to defensive end for his final two seasons. When Acadia celebrated 50 years of varsity football in 2006, Galloway was named a member of the 1960s All-Decade team.

Originally a science student, he switched faculties, and in 1968 graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He then joined the Royal Bank of Canada, where he held progressively senior positions. In 1994, he was appointed Vice-Chairman and served in that role until he retired in 1999.

“My family connections to Acadia are many,” he says. “My late wife, daughter, stepdaughters, sisters-in-law and niece are all graduates. We have all enjoyed the Acadia experience and the lifelong friendships that we have developed with other graduates. My closest friends today are classmates from 50 years ago.”

Since retirement, Galloway has remained active in the business world as a board member of several companies, and he is Past Chair of Ovarian Cancer Canada and of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. He is also one of Acadia’s most important volunteer leaders and benefactors.

Galloway was an ex-officio cabinet member of the successful Campaign for Acadia, which concluded in 2020. He served on Acadia’s Board of Governors from 1991 to 2009 and three years as Acadia’s Manning School of Business Executive-in-Residence between 1999 and 2002.

In 2013, he stepped forward to lead the Twenty Wing campaign to renovate Patterson Hall as the new home of the Manning School of Business and was the campaign’s first donor. In addition to the Patterson Hall project, Galloway has been a generous donor to the new Stevens Centre in Acadia’s Athletics Complex, and the Sheila (Nickerson) Galloway Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student from Nova Scotia on the basis of financial need and academic performance.

For his extraordinary contributions to Acadia, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws in 2003 and recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

“Acadia helped teach me the value of teamwork, how to think critically about important issues, and the importance of lifelong friendships,” he says. “It has had an important impact on my family, personal and professional life in many ways. I feel that giving back and supporting Acadia is absolutely necessary to ensure that it remains an important educational institution contributing to the development and well-being of future students.”


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