CALGARY – Dr. Sinda Vanderpool, who took the helm of St. Mary’s University in July 2022, has now been officially installed as St. Mary’s University’s fourth president and vice-chancellor. The installation ceremony and Mass took place at St. Albert the Great Parish, and was presided by Bishop William T. McGrattan, Chancellor of St. Mary’s University.

Today marks the official start of Dr. Vanderpool’s tenure. This is an exciting new chapter for our historic institution, and as a gifted and inspiring leader, we look forward to Dr. Vanderpool continuing to expand upon St. Mary’s student-centred vision of growth and success.

Many attended the installation, including the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE B.Sc., LLD Lieutenant Governor of Alberta; the Honourable Adriana LaGrange, MLA Minister of Education; and Mr. Richard Gotfried, MLA. With hundreds of people in attendance, many of our community members were in attendance.

Dr. Vanderpool received well wishes from universities across North America – including the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, ON; St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, SK; McLennan Community College in Waco, TX; St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. Local institutions, including Lethbridge College and Mount Royal University, sent their best wishes as well.

“Now that Dr. Vanderpool has officially been installed, today marks the beginning of the next phase in St. Mary’s University’s evolution and growth,” said Gary Strother, chair of the St. Mary’s University Board of Governors. “This has been a truly historic day for St. Mary’s University as we celebrate St. Mary’s fourth president, and first female presidential appointment.”

“We are excited to officially begin this dynamic new chapter of our institution’s history, and look forward to continuing to expand upon St. Mary’s student-centered vision of growth and success, building upon our position as a leading liberal arts, sciences and education institution rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition that is open to all.”

About St. Mary’s University:

St. Mary’s University is an innovative teaching and research university that provides affordable, accredited and highly valued degrees in the Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education located on a historic site in Calgary, Alberta. Firmly rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the students at St. Mary’s are inspired to combine academics with a passionate commitment to ethics, service, social justice and respect for diversity of opinion and belief.

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