FREDERICTON - St. Thomas University has appointed an acting president as it looks for someone to take over the school's top job permanently.
The university announced that Dennis Cochrane will become its interim president and vice-chancellor as of January.
Cochrane is a former Tory MP, former provincial Conservative leader and most recently was Nova Scotia's deputy minister of education.
Andrea Seymour, chairwoman of St. Thomas University's board of governors, says Cochrane brings a wealth of education and administrative experience to the job.
The university says the appointment will be until July 1, 2011, when a president and vice chancellor is expected to be in place.
Cochrane succeeds Michael Higgins, who resigned in August to write two books and a documentary series, as well as conduct research in the field of Catholic higher education.