Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University blends the finest academic traditions with innovative thinking and outstanding educational opportunities. Located on Canada’s east coast - an area long known for its natural beauty and friendly people - Dalhousie is a warm and welcoming university that attracts students from around the globe.

Dalhousie has been at the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia - a lively coastal city - for almost 200 years. The university features both a historic, tree-lined urban campus and a rural agricultural campus, located about an hour from the city in Truro/Bible Hill. Dalhousie combines a welcoming atmosphere with the international prestige of a big-name school. With 13 faculties and more than 4,000 classes in over 180 areas of study, the university offers its more than 19,000 students a wealth of choice and innovative degree programs.

Dalhousie encourages student learning through exchange programs, fieldwork, community service and cooperative education. Its collaborative learning environment encourages students to interact with one another and with faculty experts to share ideas and offer new perspectives. A member of the U15, Canada’s elite research-intensive universities, Dalhousie features the culture of a more intimate undergraduate college with the opportunities of a larger research institution.

This collaborative spirit also extends off campus. Dalhousie conducts research in partnership with teaching hospitals, professional organizations, businesses and industry, non-profit agencies and other universities. As Atlantic Canada's leading research university, Dalhousie attracts more than $150 million in external research funding annually. The university serves as the regional hub for health research, has significant expertise in clean technology, and is a world leader in ocean initiatives.

Atlantic Canada's only Faculty of Agriculture, offering programs in areas such as international food business, pre-veterinary medicine and plant sciences, is located at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus.

The University of King’s College, situated adjacent to the Dalhousie campus, is an affiliated institution, and its students in arts and science receive Dalhousie degrees in the name of both institutions.

Dalhousie University is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of Atlantic Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Executive Officers

President and Vice-Chancellor

Deep Saini, PhD

Provost and Vice-President, Academic (Acting)

Frank Harvey, BA, MA, PhD

Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Alice Aiken, CD, BScPT, BSc (Kin), MSc, PhD

Vice-President, Finance and Administration 

Gitta Kulczycki, CPA, CA, MBA

Vice-President, Advancement

Peter Fardy, BA, MBA 

Associate Vice-President, Academic

Vivian Howard, MA, MLIS, PhD
Christopher Moore, BA, PhD

Associate Vice-President, Research

Graham Gagnon, PhD, PEng

Associate Vice-President, Research (Ocean) and Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute

Anya Waite, PhD

Vice-Provost, Equity and Inclusion

Theresa Rajack-Talley, PhD

Vice-Provost, Planning and Analytics 

Susan Spence, MHA

Vice-Provost, Student Affairs (Acting)

Verity Turpin, MEC, CPA, CMA

Assistant Vice-Provost, Student Affairs

Emily Huner, MBA, CPA, CMA

Assistant Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) & University Registrar

Adam Robertson, BA, MA

Assistant Vice-Provost, Planning and Strategy

Leanne French-Munn

Assistant Vice-President, Alumni and External Engagement

Sheila Blair-Reid, BComm

Assistant Vice-President, Ancillary Services

Heather Sutherland, BSc, MEd

Assistant Vice-President, Communications and Marketing

Matt Proctor, BComm, MPR

Assistant Vice-President, Development

Ben McIsaac, BA

Assistant Vice-President, Facilities Management 

Peter Coutts, PEng, GSC

Assistant Vice-President, Financial Services

Susan Robertson, BComm, CA

Assistant Vice-President, Government Relations and Economic Development

Matt Hebb, BA, MA

Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources

Jasmine Walsh, BA, LLB 

Assistant Vice-President, Industry Relations and Executive Director, Industry Liaison and Innovation

Stephen Hartlen, BComm

Assistant Vice-President - Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services

Joshua Leon, BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng

Assistant Vice-President, Research Services

Nancy Hayter, MA

General Counsel and Managing Director

John Hope, BA, LLB 

University Librarian

Donna Bourne-Tyson, BA, MA, MLIS


Deans of Faculties


David Gray, BSc, PhD; Dean and Campus Principal

Architecture and Planning (Acting)

John Newhook, BEng, MASc, PhD, PEng

Arts and Social Sciences (Acting)

Roberta Barker, BA, MA, PhD

Computer Science

Andrew Rau-Chaplin, BCS, MCS, PhD


Benjamin Davis, Bsc, DDS, FRCD(c), Dip OMFS and Anaesthesia 


John Newhook, BEng, MASc, PhD, PEng

Graduate Studies

Marty Leonard, BSc, MSc, PhD


Brenda Merritt, BS, MS, PhD

Law (Acting)

Richard Devlin, LLB, LLM


Kim Brooks, BA, LLB, LLM


David Anderson, MD, FRCPC, FACP


Christopher Moore, BA, PhD

College of Continuing Education

Dianne Tyers, MA, MPA, PhD

College of Arts and Science, Provost

Christopher Moore, BA, PhD
Roberta Barker, BA, MA, PhD (Acting)


Executive Directors

Advancement Marketing and Donor Relations (Acting)

Trista Walker

Advancement Operations

Kevin MacDonell

Athletics and Recreation

Tim Maloney

Centre for Learning and Teaching

Brad Wuetherick, BA, MA

Dalhousie Analytics (Chief Analyst and Director)

Claudia Rangel Jiminez, MS, MSc, PhD

Environmental Health and Safety

Jerry Aguinaga, MSc, CRSP, CHRP

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jeff Larsen

Sustainability Office

Rochelle Owen, BSc, MES


Art Gallery

Peter Dykhuis, BFA

Health Services

Glenn Andrea, MD

Internal Audit Services

Margaret Sterns, BBA, CA

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of Dalhousie University is responsible for the overall conduct, management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. The basic responsibility of the board is to represent the interests of the university in directing its affairs and to do so within the statutes relating to Dalhousie University. The Board consists of representatives named by the Government of Nova Scotia, Senate, the alumni, and students.


Scott Brison

Chancellor Emeriti

Rueben Cohen

Graham Day

Richard Goldbloom

Frederick Fountain

Anne McLellan


Scott Brison, University Chancellor
Deep Saini, President and Vice-Chancellor
Kevin Hewitt, Chair of Senate


Robert Hanf, Chair, Board of Governors
Sherry Porter, Vice-Chair, Board of Governors
Level Chan
Cassandra Dorrington
Joyce Hoeven
Angeline Gillis (appointment in progress)
Laurie Jennings
Jay MacIsaac
Michelle Williams

Board Appointed Representatives

Kristan Hines

Merle MacIsaac

Robert Richardson

Alumni Representatives

Paul Beesley
Cheryl Fraser
Brian R. Johnston
Devarsh Sood

Student Representatives

Aparna Mohan
Fatima Beydoun
Madeleine Stinson

Faculty Representatives

Ahsan Habib
Carolan McLarney

Observer for Faculty Association

Julia Wright, PhD
President, Dalhousie Faculty Association

University Secretary

Susan Brousseau


The Senate is the University’s senior academic decision-making body. It is responsible for the approval of new programs and academic units and it manages the reviews of Faculties, Centres and Institutes. Senate approves the granting of degrees and diplomas, including the conferral of Honorary Degrees. It is responsible for setting academic regulations which affect the University as a whole, including regulations governing student conduct and discipline, as well as regulations concerning faculty tenure and promotion.

Senate has 96 members - 3 Executive Officers; namely, Chair of Senate, Vice-Chair (Academic Programs) and Vice-Chair (Student Affairs), 62 elected Faculty representatives, 19 academic administrators (President, Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vice-President, Research, University Librarian, and the Deans of each Faculty), 11 students elected by the Dalhousie Student Union (one of whom shall be a graduate student and one who should represent the Agricultural Campus), and a representative from the University of King’s College.

Senate normally meets on the second Monday of each month from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. In addition, if there are sufficient items of business, Senate will meet on the fourth Monday of the month, from 3:00 - 5:00pm

Chair of Senate

Kevin C. Hewitt, PhD

Vice-Chair (Academic Programs) (Interim)

Louise Spiteri, PhD

Vice-Chair (Student Affairs)

Maria Pacurar, PhD