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July 04, 2002
Donna Woolcott to become VP (Academic) at Mount Saint Vincent
Donna Woolcott, the University of Guelph’s assistant vice-president (academic), has been appointed vice-president (academic) at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The appointment takes effect August 15.
“I am absolutely delighted for Donna,” says Alastair Summerlee, vice-president (academic). “While this is a loss for U of G, it is a gain for Mount Saint Vincent. Her appointment to this prestigious position is also a positive reflection on our University. We are very sorry to see her go, but are pleased for her. On behalf of the University, I am pleased to wish her well for the challenges ahead.”
Woolcott joined U of G’s faculty in 1979 as an assistant professor in the then-Department of Family Studies. She was named a full professor in 1995 and served as chair of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition from 1992 to 1999. She was named assistant vice-president (academic) in 1999, overseeing the University’s internal review process of departments and undergraduate programs, co-op and professional development programs for department chairs.
Woolcott earned her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees at U of G and holds a master’s degree from the University of Manitoba. “I’m excited by the new position and challenges, but it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made,” Woolcott says. “I’ll miss Guelph.”
Woolcott says she was drawn to Mount Saint Vincent by its long history and commitment to “maximizing the opportunities for women in higher education.”At Mount Saint Vincent, Woolcott will oversee the planning, development, administration and integrity of the university’s academic affairs.