Dr. Kent MacDonald is the 18th President and Vice Chancellor of StFX University and a highly regarded leader in Canada’s post secondary system. Over the past two decades, Dr. MacDonald has become well known for his highly personal and authentic style of leadership and has spoken to audiences around the world including Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and across North America.
Professor MacDonald’s interest is higher education leadership. Over the past two decades he put this interest into practice by holding increasingly complex leadership roles including President (Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario); Vice President, Academic; Vice President, Student Services and Development, and Dean, School of Business.
Dr. MacDonald completed undergraduate and graduate work at StFX University and he earned an MBA from Université d'Ottawa. Dr. MacDonald completed his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA where his research focused on high performing institutions and higher education leadership and management.
Dr. MacDonald has also held senior leadership positions in the private and the not-for-profit sectors, has served on a variety of public and private boards and is a proud educator who has worked in the elementary, secondary and post-secondary systems in Canada and New Zealand.