Dr. Peter M. Meehan Appointed SJU's 8th President
St. Jerome’s University, a Catholic university federated with the University of Waterloo since 1959, is pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has appointed Dr. Peter M. Meehan to serve as the University’s 8th President and Vice Chancellor, commencing July 13, 2020.
Dr. Meehan comes to St. Jerome’s University (SJU) with a distinguished record of senior leadership in Catholic higher education. Since 2014, he has been the President of Corpus Christi/St. Mark’s College, the affiliated Catholic college of the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he has led the college through a period of new program development and a fivefold increase in student enrollments.
Dr. Meehan is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada.
Among his many successes at St. Mark’s was a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign for mission-focused initiatives and implementing a financial sustainability plan for the college. Under Dr. Meehan’s leadership, St. Mark’s has established its place as the “Catholic Centre” of UBC.
“At the heart of Dr. Meehan’s leadership is a commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts,” says Mary Ellen Cullen, Chair of the St. Jerome’s University Board of Governors. “He understands the value that Catholic universities can add to campuses such as Waterloo’s. Based on his demonstrated success as a Catholic leader, he will work with our community to realize SJU’s mission, support our faculty and staff, and inspire our students on their educational journey.” She adds, “His deeply rooted commitment to engage people from diverse backgrounds is a natural fit with St. Jerome’s, where all are welcome.”
“I am deeply honoured to be chosen to serve as the next President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo,” says Dr. Meehan. “St. Jerome's holds an important and a historical place in what has become the Canadian Catholic tradition of higher education—universities existing in federated or affiliated relationships with public universities. While it will be difficult to leave St. Mark’s and Vancouver, where my family and I have been blessed by the presence of so many family and friends, we are looking forward to coming home to Ontario, and to joining the community of St. Jerome’s University.” Peter and his wife Laura have four children: Peter Edward, Bridget, Claire and Rory.
An experienced administrator, Dr. Meehan has a strong track record of working across institutions to create successful partnerships. Prior to taking his post in Vancouver, Dr. Meehan was Chair of Seneca College’s School of Liberal Arts and Academic Partnerships and Dean in the Faculty of Academic Quality and University Partnerships, where he was responsible for Seneca’s ground-breaking liberal arts and science partnership with York University and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Meehan received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. His academic research and teaching focus on the social and educational history of the Catholic Church in Canada. His doctoral thesis was on Catholic education in Ontario and his most recent research, which was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Toronto, details the life of Phillip Pocock, the seventh Archbishop of Toronto.
Dr. Scott Kline will continue to serve as Interim President until Dr. Meehan assumes his duties later this summer. “I would like to extend the Board’s appreciation for his tireless efforts as Interim President,” says Mary Ellen Cullen. “We have been fortunate that Scott stepped in to lead SJU and prepare the University for our presidential transition.”
For information, contact:
Mary Ellen Cullen
Chair, SJU Board of Governors