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StFX appoints Dr. Kevin Wamsley as Academic Vice-President and Provost

June 4th, 2015
Dr. Kevin Wamsley

St. Francis Xavier University President Dr. Kent MacDonald is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin Wamsley as Academic Vice-President and Provost.

Dr. Wamsley comes to StFX from Western University where he is Associate Dean (Programs), Faculty of Health Sciences, a position he’s held since 2005, and a professor in the School of Kinesiology and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the history of the Olympic Games.
Dr. Wamsley brings to the position a deep understanding of academic leadership, gleaned from a nearly 25-year career in teaching, research, and administrative roles. Along with this scholarly background, he brings extensive leadership experience within the university and larger communities.
He has spent nearly a decade in significant university administration duties, and has much leadership experience in academic success, curriculum development, student recruitment, retention and student relations, quality assurance reviews and reports, professional accreditation processes and strategic planning. 
His contributions in his previous position have been wide-ranging, where he has taken leadership roles in the promotion of interdisciplinary teaching and research excellence, and has been involved in numerous committees and events ranging from research to mental health and wellness initiatives to the faculty union.  
"I am very pleased to announce Kevin Wamsley’s appointment," Dr. MacDonald says. 
“Kevin is a tremendous leader and an experienced academic and administrator. He is well positioned to champion excellence and innovation in scholarship at StFX. His vast experience will be a valuable asset as StFX moves forward in its mission with a recommitment to its academic purpose.” 
The appointment follows an extensive national search. Dr. MacDonald says members of the Academic Vice-President Search Committee were unanimous in their recommendation to him on Dr. Wamsley’s candidacy. 
“I am excited about this opportunity,” Dr. Wamsley says. “StFX has an outstanding academic reputation and I look forward to continuing to emphasize academic excellence as StFX moves forward to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.  
“I was attracted to the StFX academic community in part because of its reputation, but also due to its personalized, student-focused approach to education. I look forward to working with all faculty members in the continued advancement of innovative academic programs of the highest quality.”
Dr. Wamsley is a graduate of Western, with both an honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, and holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, all in physical education. Prior to joining Western in 1997, he taught at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, where he also served as Associate Dean (Graduate) within the Faculty of Kinesiology.
He held a Sir Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship during his graduate study at the University of Alberta and is known for his strong research record. He received teaching awards at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and at both the Faculty and USC Teaching Honor Roll level at Western. 
At Western, Dr. Wamsley has been actively involved in the university community. He’s held a variety of roles including Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences; Director: International Centre for Olympic Studies; Chair of the Steering Committee on Academic Processes and Systems, Chair of Western’s Working Group on Information Security; and, a member of various committees including the Campus Master Plan and Honorary Degrees Committees. 
Recognized as one of the world's leading Olympic Games experts and historians, Dr. Wamsley has appeared in various media publications/broadcasts nearly 1,500 times throughout his academic career, including with such news agencies as CTV, Global, CBC, BBC, CNN, New York Times, Times of London and the Wall Street Journal. In 2003, he was called to testify before the United States Congressional Executive Commission on China and asked to provide input on how the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games would impact human rights in China. 
He starts his position at StFX on August 1, 2015.   

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