Church Point (NS), May 9, 2024The Honourable Michel P. Samson, chair of the Board of Governors of Université Sainte-Anne, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Deveau to the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne for a five-year term beginning July 1st, 2024. Mr. Deveau’s appointment follows a six-month national recruitment process.

With a PhD in education and specializing in the vitality of linguistic minority communities, Dr. Deveau began his career in 1992 as a science and math teacher at École secondaire de Clare before pursuing doctoral studies in 2000 at Université de Moncton. He is recognized for his many contributions as a research associate with the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities from 2002 to 2013. He joined Université Sainte-Anne in 2004 as a professor in the Department of Education. His career took an administrative turn in 2011 when he was appointed Vice-President, Academic and Research, a position he held until 2021, when he became Development Officer for Research Infrastructure and Entrepreneurship at Université Sainte-Anne. Since 2023, Mr. Deveau has been Executive Director of the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Recognized across Canada as a passionate and committed Francophone leader, Dr. Deveau has a rich expertise in management, strategic planning, communications, and governance. His ability to work effectively with governments is widely recognized. His involvement in initiatives such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse and Invest Nova Scotia shows his desire to contribute to his region’s economic and cultural development.

"I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by the Board of Governors and the university community as a whole. It is with great honor that I accept the role of President and Vice-Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne. I am committed to continuing the development of our institution by focusing on academic excellence, the development of knowledge, innovative research, and the strengthening of our Acadian and francophone identity. Together, we will ensure that our work be guided by a commitment to the development of the Francophonie, the enhancement of quality of life in our region, and a respect for the environment. We will achieve our goals by welcoming creativity and collaboration with our partners and all members of our community, in accordance with the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion."

- Dr. Kenneth Deveau, 21st President and Vice-Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne

The Board of Governors takes this opportunity to sincerely thank the outgoing President and Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Allister Surette, for his outstanding leadership and contribution over more than thirteen years at the helm of Université Sainte-Anne. The entire university community wishes him happiness and success in his future endeavours.

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 Recruitment
Université Sainte-Anne
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