St. FX president plans to step down

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Earlier today Dr. Sean Riley, President of St. Francis Xavier University, announced his desire to initiate a succession process for the president.

“It has been a true honour to serve as President of St. Francis Xavier University. It’s been my privilege to work with many of the best faculty and staff in the country over the years to make StFX one of the best institutions in Canada,” said Riley.

“I’m humbled by the notion that I have had an opportunity to directly influence the lives of thousands of young, bright leaders.”

Chair of the StFX Board of Governors, the Frank McKenna, said a search for a new president will be launched by the Board of Governors in the near future.  Riley will serve until a new president is selected. 

“On behalf of the StFX Board of Governors, I thank Dr. Sean Riley for leading StFX through a period of unprecedented growth,” said McKenna. “Entering his 18th year as President, he established StFX University on a national and global stage as one of the best. His focus and dedication to the student experience is legendary.”

 “On a personal level, I want to thank Sean for being an incredible inspiration and a dear friend.”

A native of Antigonish Dr. Sean Riley has had a remarkable career dedicated to public service, education, and community development, both locally and on the international stage. A graduate of StFX in 1974, and a Rhodes Scholar with a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, he returned to Nova Scotia in 1996 after careers in government, finance, and business to become the 17th President of StFX.

 Over his term, Dr. Riley has been instrumental in implementing an aggressive infrastructure and campus renewal program. Under his stewardship, over a quarter of a billion dollars was generated and invested in StFX to build academic spaces, classrooms, programs, and residences. He also worked tirelessly to enhance an experiential learning model, one that provides students with exchange and service learning opportunities around the globe.

 “StFX was extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Sean Riley at the helm,” said the  Brian Mulroney, a StFX graduate.  “It is amazing to witness the growth and national recognition StFX has achieved during Sean’s tenure. This is a true testament to his leadership.”


Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University, StFX Board of Governors, StFX University Oxford University

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia

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