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Dr. Barry Craig begins his term as Huron University College’s seventeenth Principal on July 1, 2016.

Dr. Craig joins the Huron community after serving as Vice-President, Academic and Research at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.

“I am honoured and excited to become the next principal of Huron University College,” said Dr. Craig. “Huron is truly one of Canada’s historic universities.  It possesses dynamic and committed faculty and staff, an impressive list of accomplished and loyal alumni, and it attracts outstanding students from across Canada and beyond.  I believe that there are tremendous opportunities in the next few years for Huron to become a national example of how a small university with a commitment to academic excellence can be a leader in post-secondary education.”

Dr. Craig has been an academic administrator for over seven years and was also an Associate Professor in Philosophy. During his time at St Thomas University, Dr. Craig was successful in leading the development of an accessibility services office that resulted in record enrolment of students with disabilities.  He negotiated a new university access agreement with New Brunswick’s largest Aboriginal First Nation, establishing a groundbreaking pilot program which offered liberal arts courses in the Aboriginal community.  Dr. Craig was responsible for supervising the development of pre-law and pre-health sciences concentrations at St. Thomas University as well as negotiating collaboration agreements with Harvard Business School to offer HBX Core programs to St. Thomas students.  He wrote St. Thomas University’s Student Code of Conduct and developed an initiative to deliver liberal arts lectures on ethics and social responsibility, via live video link, to executives of India’s largest independent oil company.

Dr. Craig holds a PhD from the University of Wales, an MA from Dalhousie University and a BA from the University of Kings College.  He received a special merit award for research from St. Thomas University and twice received the excellence in teaching award from the St. Thomas University Students’ Union as well as the excellence in teaching award from St. Thomas University in 2002.  Dr. Craig has extensive experience in curriculum, programme and policy development and has published several books as well as numerous journal articles, reviews and presentations.