Church Point (NS), June 4, 2020- Martin Marcoux, Chair of Université Sainte-Anne's Board of Governors, is pleased to announce that Allister Surette's mandate as President and Vice-Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne has been renewed for an additional 5-year term. Mr. Surette has led the university since July 1, 2011 and will continue for an additional term starting July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2026.

Under Mr. Surette's leadership, Université Sainte-Anne has made significant progress. It has surpassed the 500-student mark for the first time in its history, it is now recognized as a leader in different fields of research, and has succeeded in raising its reputation and visibility.

“During his first two mandates, and thanks to his leadership, his credibility and Université Sainte-Anne's improved profile, Mr. Surette has championed two major fundraising campaigns, which translated into investments of almost 17 million dollars for our institution. These funds enabled important renovation projects and created advanced research facilities such as the Lobster Quality Research and Innovation Centre, the Laboratory for Innovation in Science and Industry developed in partnership with Comeau Seafoods, the greenhouses, and the Wine Research Laboratory.”

- Martin Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Governors

Université Sainte-Anne has developed closer ties with Nova Scotia's Acadian and francophone communities, especially during the consultation and development processes of the last three strategic plans, the most recent being launched last August for the years 2019 to 2024.

The institution is well represented at the regional, provincial, and national levels, given the contributions Mr. Surette brings to various organizations. He is, among others, Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Chair of the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), outgoing co-chair of the Association des collèges et des universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) and outgoing Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP). He also serves on many other boards, including the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité du Canada (RDÉÉ).

“Quality education and world-renowned research will remain the pillars of the President's action plan,” adds Mr. Marcoux. “He will ensure that the university community has the tools and resources required to accomplish these two goals.”

Undoubtedly, the current crisis caused by COVID-19 brings about important challenges, but Mr. Marcoux believes that under Mr. Surette's leadership and in cooperation with faculty, staff and students, Université Sainte-Anne will succeed in overcoming the challenging months and years ahead.

Lastly, he is confident the President will position Université Sainte-Anne so it is capable of taking advantage of new opportunities that present themselves, during and after the crisis, and that it will continue to contribute to the vitality and prosperity of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

For more information

Rachelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications and Marketing
Université Sainte-Anne
Tel.: 902-769-2114 Extension 7222
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