Ivany new Acadia Prez

Ray Ivany has won the laurel or perhaps we should say grasped the nettle.

This from a news release this morning from Acadia:

Ron Smith, Chair of the Board of Governors of Acadia University, today announced that Ray Ivany has been appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University. Ivany’s six-year term will begin April 1, 2009.

“On behalf of the entire Acadia community, I want to congratulate Ray and welcome him to Acadia,” said Smith. “Our Search Committee did an excellent job from start to finish and its recommendation was unanimously endorsed by our Board.

Would they have said anything else?

Ray has the ideal combination of proven leadership ability, experience in Nova Scotia’s post-secondary environment, and enthusiasm for building relationships that will ensure Acadia maintains its reputation as one of Canada’s leading primarily undergraduate universities.”

Ivany is currently Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (which unfortunately we have heard many complaints about) and a Principal of the consulting firm Ivany and Associates. Will he still be part of this firm we wonder?

There is no mention in this release ( or in this one at novanewsnow) of Tom Herman who has held the fort -obviously a thankless job-while the Search Committee made their choice. He wasn’t even considered for the position.  As you remember there were two  on the short list. Deborah Buszard lost out. Maybe the Search Cttee felt that two women in a row was too much or that her last name was too much of a handicap.

Will we see Ivany buzzing around town on his motorcycle? Hope it has a good muffler. In any case, we wish him well. He has a hard row to hoe.

2 responses to “Ivany new Acadia Prez

  1. Ray Ivany and Tom Herman are both class acts but with different strengths. Acadia has taken a few hits and times are tough — still, Acadia is the number one outfit in Canada when it comes to undergraduate education (in my unbiased opinion). With excellent administrative and academic leadership, there is cause for quiet confidence.

    The Selection Committee was very wise to select the right horse for the right course and the Board was wise to agree.

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