President's Biography

Dr. Andrew Hakin came to StFX from the University of Lethbridge where he began his career as a faculty member in 1989 and served as Provost and Vice President (Academic) from 2007 to 2020. During his tenure, Dr. Hakin led the strategy to redefine the University of Lethbridge as a destination university with a strong focus on undergraduate and graduate student experience, leading to important advances in academic programming and significant growth in enrolment, both domestic and international. A champion of diversity and inclusion, he has been recognized for his contributions to education within Indigenous communities. 

Dr. Hakin holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Leicester, in the UK. He held several leadership roles before becoming Provost and Vice-President (Academic), including President of the University of Lethbridge faculty association, Chair of the University’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, and Associate Vice-President (Academic.) He was awarded the University of Lethbridge’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2000, the Stig Sunnor Memorial Award for research achievement, awarded by the International Calorimetry Conference in 2003, and is a member and graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Dr. Hakin and his wife Linda are the parents of two children, Abbey and Callum, who both live and work in Calgary, AB.

Dr. Hakin and Linda are pleased to be part of the university community and the local Antigonish community. 

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