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Dr. Barry Craig began 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.
  

Within 100 days of starting at Huron, and following more than 250 one-on-one conversations with faculty, staff, alumni, students, community leaders and donors. In October, Dr. Craig announced a new vision for Huron which sets an exciting course for future growth and sets Huron apart from other Canadian universities. Key elements of Huron’s new direction include The Huron Core Curriculum, which pairs the traditional advantages of liberal arts with the in-demand skills of business and management.

“Challenging students to be leaders with heart is the foundation of this vision and the crux of what makes Huron such a unique institution,” Dr. Craig explains. “Underpinning The Huron Core Curriculum will be an ethical foundation that stresses corporate social responsibility, service to the community, and social justice. Students in all programs will be engaged in community service, active community based learning, mentorships and internships, to complement their academic activities. Being part of the Huron community means contributing to the wider world; it means being a leader with heart from day one.”
 
“As a strategically small institution, Huron is well-positioned to redefine the landscape of liberal arts education. No other university in the country provides students with a core curriculum at an undergraduate level, across the entire institution,” says Dr. Craig. “This will be a cultural shift for our entire university, and it will be what sets our students apart in the job market.”  

“At Huron, we support one another. Never has it been more important and necessary to focus on recruiting, attracting, and retaining a diverse community of students, ones who are both academically inclined and community minded,” Dr. Craig says. “Challenging students to be leaders with heart means ensuring that students from all backgrounds, including historically underserviced and previously marginalized communities, are supported throughout their time at Huron and their individual gifts developed.”  To support this goal, Dr. Craig and his wife Dr. Sara MacDonald have announced their intention to personally contribute $25,000 to establish a new scholarship for Indigenous student leaders.

Dr. Craig has been an academic administrator for over seven years and was also a 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.