“The enthusiasm and energy of the university shines through its people and I am excited to join such an innovative and unique institution that is so focused on making transformational change in the lives of Albertans.” Dr. Deborah Saucier, President
In my first official message to you as the president of MacEwan, I want to express how excited I am to be joining such a committed and caring university community. During every visit I’ve had so far, I’ve been impressed with just how friendly, excited and enthusiastic the students, faculty and staff at MacEwan are. I want to make sure that MacEwan spirit stays alive, and I also want to help it spread out into the community—not only here in Edmonton, but nationally and internationally as well.
I know from experience that summer on campus is a time that appears to be calm on the surface. But like you, I also know it’s one of the most intense times of year. Everyone is getting ready for the Fall term—preparing for students to return in full force, planning courses and doing research.
I’ve been doing my own MacEwan research over the past few months—reading everything I can get my hands on about this university—and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the things I’ve been reading about in action when I return from a Harvard University seminar for new university presidents that the Board of Governors has arranged for me to attend. It’s an amazing opportunity for me to prepare for my new role, explore critical issues, and connect with other new presidents from institutions across North America.
My first full day on campus will be July 14, and I’m excited to begin meeting all of you in person at a barbecue I will be hosting that day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. under the Clock Tower. Watch for details, including how to RSVP, in Today at MacEwan University or at MacEwan.ca/Events.
In the meantime, I hope to share with you a bit about myself, what the summer will hold for me and some of my first impressions about MacEwan with a series of video messages that will appear over the next couple of weeks on MacEwan.ca, in Today and on the university’s social media accounts.
And if you see me in the hallway this summer, please say hello and introduce yourself. I can’t wait to meet you.
An accomplished academic and successful university administrator, Dr. Deborah Saucier joined MacEwan University as its fifth president in July 2017.
Deborah is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to the belief that education has the power to transform lives.
Prior to joining MacEwan, Deborah was the provost and vice-president, academic at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. She joined UOIT in 2011 as dean and professor in the Faculty of Science, after serving as chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in behavioural neuroscience, with a specialty in spatial cognition.
Deborah is originally from Saskatoon, and is a member of the Central Urban Metis Federation. She is married to curator and contemporary artist Chai Duncan, and together they have a nine-year-old daughter who is the light of their lives.