Presidential Search Committee Update – April 3, 2017

Acadia University Names Dr. Peter J. Ricketts 16th President and Vice-Chancellor


I am pleased to inform you that Acadia’s Board of Governors has chosen Dr. Peter J. Ricketts as Acadia’s 16th President and Vice-Chancellor, succeeding Ray Ivany who will retire on June 30. Peter will begin his six-year term in July 2017.

We will be issuing a news release shortly so I ask that you hold this information in confidence within the Acadia community until it has been announced publicly. This release will be posted to Acadia’s website, social media channels and distributed to news organizations and a copy of it is included below.

Peter was the unanimous choice of the Presidential Search Committee and this recommendation was enthusiastically endorsed by Governors. We realize that this has been a long process I want to thank everyone who participated and contributed. We benefitted greatly from the input received from the Acadia community and our external stakeholders. We believe Peter possesses the right combination of impeccable academic credentials, commitment to innovation and excellence in higher education, and strong belief in what distinguishes Acadia as one of our country’s leading universities. These qualities will be beneficial to Acadia in both the short and long term.  

Peter knows Nova Scotia. His research is grounded in one of the defining elements of our strategic research plan and through his senior administrative experience he is no stranger to the challenges facing our post-secondary sector and Acadia in particular. His work at Carleton during his term as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is highly regarded and has had a positive impact on enrolment, internationalization and faculty development.

I want to close by once again welcoming Peter to Acadia and to Wolfville. At the same time, I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Ray for his distinguished service to Acadia. We look forward to his continued leadership over the remainder of his term and to honouring his achievements at the Presidential Gala on May 26.

Thank you.


John Rogers (’79)

Chair, Acadia Board of Governors 


Acadia University Names Dr. Peter J. Ricketts 16th President and Vice-Chancellor

Highly regarded environmental science scholar brings coast to coast academic experience to Acadia

Wolfville, NS April 3, 2017 – John Rogers (’79), Chair of Acadia University’s Board of Governors, today announced the appointment of Dr. Peter J. Ricketts as Acadia’s 16th President and Vice-Chancellor. The enthusiastic endorsement of Ricketts by the Board followed an international search and campus consultation process that began in June 2016.

“It’s a pleasure for me to welcome Peter to Acadia and back to Nova Scotia,” said Rogers. “Peter’s commitment to student success, his broad experience in post-secondary education from coast to coast in Canada, and his scholarly work in coastal ecosystems, make him an ideal fit for Acadia. He understands Acadia well – our campus community, our important role in Nova Scotia’s economy, and our network of stakeholders and supporters including our worldwide alumni. Our Board is looking forward to working with Peter and benefiting from his enthusiasm for the opportunities ahead of us.”

Ricketts is the current Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University in Ottawa, a post he has held since 2009. Prior to joining Carleton, he was Vice-President (Academic and Research) at Nipissing University, Vice-President (Academic) and then President of Okanagan University College, Dean of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, and University Research Officer at Saint Mary’s University.  Born in Harrogate, Yorkshire and raised in Bournemouth on the south coast of England, Dr. Ricketts earned his BA (Honours) at the University of Nottingham in 1974 and his PhD from the University of Southampton in 1982. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in coastal zones and ocean management.

Ricketts has considerable professional experience within his discipline and higher education advancement. Among his many appointments, he served a record five terms as President of the Coastal Zone Canada Association, where he was presented in 2016 with the H.B. Nicholls Award for Coastal Zone Management Achievement. He has chaired the Internationalization Leaders Network for the Canadian Bureau on International Education and has served as Director of Ontario Universities International since 2012.  He has been a member of the Quality Network for Universities for the Conference Board of Canada since 2009 and the Academic Affairs Forum of the Educational Advisory Board in Washington, D.C., since 2010. Ricketts has earned a reputation as a champion of undergraduate and graduate student research, faculty development, entrepreneurship, internationalization, and academic innovation. 

“I am excited and honoured to have been selected to serve as the 16th President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University,” said Ricketts, “Acadia holds a very special place among Canada’s universities, and it is a truly outstanding scholarly community that is dedicated to providing a rich and personal learning experience for each of its students. I am deeply attracted by Acadia’s dedication to community engagement and the environment, and I look forward to returning to Nova Scotia and working closely with university colleagues and the communities Acadia serves, locally, regionally, nationally and globally.”

Ricketts will officially begin his six-year term in July, 2017. He succeeds Acadia’s 15th President and Vice Chancellor, Ray Ivany who retires from Acadia on June 30, 2017.

“I want to thank the members of the search committee for their hard work on behalf of everyone at Acadia,” said Rogers. “I also want to extend our enormous gratitude to retiring President and Vice-Chancellor Ray Ivany. Acadia is a tremendous institution with a rich history and through Ray’s leadership we have strengthened our reputation for excellence in all institutional aspects.”


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