SASKATOON — St. Thomas More College board of governors recently announced that Dr. Terrence J. Downey has been appointed for a second five-year term as president of St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan, effective August 1, 2016.
The reappointment follows a review by the standing committee for the appointment of the presidents and recommendation to the St. Thomas More College Society and board of governors.
Downey was named president of STM in August 2011, and since that time he has led the establishment of an endowed chair for Catholic studies and the construction of a major new facility addition, including classrooms, student study and research areas and administrative offices. He has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to excellence in teaching and research, collaborative leadership and community engagement, characteristics that have earned the respect and trust of both colleagues and other university leaders.
Downey completed an undergraduate degree at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo and MA and PhD degrees in political science at the University of Western Ontario. He is a former chair of the department of political science at the University of Waterloo and is president emeritus of St. Mary’s University College in Calgary, following a 12-year term there as president. He is an accomplished teacher, scholar and academic leader.
In October 2013, Downey was elected chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC). He has additionally served on a number of boards, including L’Arche Calgary and L’Arche Saskatoon, Pure North S’Energy Foundation of Calgary, and as the Canadian representative on the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington.
“It is a privilege for me to serve as president of St. Thomas More College in the renowned Catholic intellectual tradition that inspires original research and teaching excellence, offers classes that are focused on empowering students to think critically, to speak and write effectively, and enables the disciplined habits of mind, body and spirit that define the well-educated individual,” says Downey. “These are of course the very characteristics demanded of those who would lead in the 21st century.”