The AAU nominates a new Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, has been appointed Chair, Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU).

The AAU is an advocacy organization working on behalf of the Presidents of the region’s 16 universities. 

Dr. Lumpkin will lead the AAU over the next two years.  She was appointed by her colleagues during the AAU’s recent annual fall meeting, Universiti√© de Moncton, Moncton, NB.

Following her appointment, Dr. Lumpkin noted that the region’s university leaders are committed to making public engagement a top priority collectively and institutionally.

Dr. Lumpkin said, “Universities have deep and long-standing connections to their respective communities, provinces and the region.  We intend to further mobilize our collective and institutional knowledge, expertise and resources in support of the public good, in terms of better health, more prosperous economies, social and cultural development and environmental practices.”

She also noted that the region’s universities serve as “talent magnets” and play a vital role in regional population strategy.

“In addition to providing region-wide access to higher education for nearly 70,000 students, our universities’ reputation for a high quality and unique student experience attracts thousands of students to our campuses from across the country and worldwide.”

“Universities are the best source of new citizens for our region,” said Dr. Lumpkin.

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation, and in contributing to the economic, cultural and social prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.

For further information, contact:

Peter Halpin, Executive Director, AAU
(902) 425-4238/phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca