Introducing Dr. Sinda Vanderpool

Dr. Sinda Vanderpool became St. Mary’s fourth president and vice-chancellor on July 1, 2022. With an extraordinary combination of impeccable academic credentials and dynamic leadership qualities, Dr. Vanderpool joins the university at a pivotal moment in St. Mary’s history. Before coming to Calgary, she spent the past 18 years working at Baylor University, a national Christian research university in Central Texas with 20,000 students, serving in various leadership roles, the last being Associate Vice Provost for Student Success.


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Ph.D. in French Literature, May 2005 

Davidson College, Davidson, NC
B.A., French High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, May 1995


  • EAB, Advisory Board, Academic Affairs Forum
  • NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators)
  • AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities)
  • National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counselling) 
  • AACRAO (The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers)
  • American Council on Education


  • URSA Leadership Award for impacting research opportunities for Baylor undergraduates, awarded 2018
  • Armstrong Prize, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, 1999-2003
  • Armstrong/Foulet Grant for manuscript/archival research in Paris, October 2002
  • Institut d’études françaises d’Avignon under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College, 2001
  • Mellon Summer Fellowship, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Summer 2000 
  • Le Prix de français, 1995, Davidson College