Fall is a time of new beginnings not just for students, faculty and staff at Mount Saint Vincent University, but also for the University’s Board of Governors. MSVU’s Board recently welcomed several new members at their first meeting of the academic year, including:

Community-at-large representatives

  • Natasha Agnew (March 2022)
  • Michelle Clare (December 2021)
  • Charys Payne (March 2022)
  • Patricia (Patti) Towler (March 2022)

Faculty representatives

  • Dr. Susan Brigham (July 2022)
  • Dr. Janice Keefe (July 2022)

Student representatives

  • Simranpreet Kaur (May 2022)
  • Jennifer McBride (January 2022)

Alumni representatives

  • Craig Ennis (September 2022)

President and Vice-Chancellor:

  • Dr. Joël Dickinson (July 2022)

Interim Vice-President Administration

  • Gabrielle (Gabe) Morrison (August 2022)

Amanda Dean, chair for Board of GovernorsAmanda Dean, Vice-President Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada, is serving her second year of her two-year term as Chair of the MSVU Board of Governors. Tyrone Cotie, Vice President, Treasury and Planning, Chorus Aviation Inc., is in year two of his two-year term as Vice-Chair.

The MSVU Board of Governors includes Order in Council, community at large, alumni, faculty, student, administration and Sisters of Charity representatives. View the full list of 2022-2023 members below.

MSVU is governed using a bi-cameral governance structure consisting of the Board of Governors and the Senate (responsible for academic affairs). The MSVU Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the University, including governance and oversight of the University generally, its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs.

A call for new Board members

The MSVU Board of Governors is seeking new members. MSVU prioritizes equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and encourages applications from Indigenous Peoples, Peoples of African descent, members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ1A+ individuals. At this time, the University is seeking members with expertise in government relations, risk management, financial and investment management, governance, and philanthropy, as well as individuals with legal expertise. To apply or for more information, visit https://www.msvu.ca/about-msvu/university-profile/board-of-governors/board-nominations/.

About Mount Saint Vincent University

As a leader in online and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. MSVU is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Full list: MSVU Board of Governors 2022-2023


Amanda Dean, Vice-President Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Vice Chair

Tyrone Cotie, Vice President, Treasury and Planning, Chorus Aviation Inc.


Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, SC


Dr. Joël Dickinson

Vice-President Academic and Provost

Dr. Brook Taylor (Interim appointment)

Vice-President Administration

Gabrielle (Gabe) Morrison (Interim appointment)

Governors Appointed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity

  • Dr. S. Sheilagh Martin
  • Joan McMullin
  • Martha Norris
  • Dr. Rosemarie Sampson
  • Marie Scagliola

Governors Appointed by the Governor in Council

  • Judith Corney-Sullivan
  • Vacancy (1)

Governors Selected by and from the Alumni

  • Joanne Bernard
  • Craig Ennis
  • Penny Henneberry

Governors Selected by and from the Faculty

  • Dr. Susan Brigham, Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Dr. Tammy Findlay, Associate Professor and Chair, Political and Canadian Studies
  • Dr. Janice Keefe, Professor and Chair, Family Studies and Gerontology and Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging

Governors Selected by and from the Students

  • Katerina Allan, President, Students’ Union
  • Simranpreet Kaur, Board of Governors Representative, Students’ Union
  • Jennifer McBride, CFO, Students’ Union

Governors Selected by the Board from the Community at Large

  • Natasha Agnew
  • William (Bill) Bean
  • Michelle Clare
  • Danielle Desjardins
  • Heather Hanson
  • Paul MacIsaac
  • Anne McGuire
  • Leslie McLean
  • Joseph (Joe) Nahas
  • Thomas (Tom) Nicolle
  • Charys Payne
  • Claudette Porter
  • Glenn Squires
  • Patricia (Patti) Towler
  • Hon. Diana Whalen, E.C.N.S.