President of NSCAD,
The current Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP)
Leading with international experience, wisdom and vision with the ability to execute to achieve transformational and impactful change, resulting in raised expectations, higher standards, outcomes and institutional acclaim Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing has taken a dynamic and strategic leadership role at several international prestigious arts institutions.
Student achievement and success are at the heart of her passionate commitment to creative arts education, research and practice through a collaborative and inclusive approach to provide opportunities for all to ignite their curiosity and reach their creative potential.
She serves as Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP); EduNova Board Chair; Director and Secretary to the Board of the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT); Universities Canada Board Governance Committee; and a member of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) Board. Internationally she serves as Treasurer to the Board of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (IACAD).
A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art and Harvard Business School Dianne was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London in 1990.
She was appointed President at NSCAD University in April 2014.
Dr. Kent MacDonald
President of StFX University,
Incoming Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP)
Dr. Kent MacDonald is the 18th President and Vice Chancellor of StFX University and a highly regarded leader in Canada’s post-secondary system. Over the past two decades, Dr. MacDonald has become well known for his highly personal and authentic style of leadership and has spoken to audiences around the world including Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and across North America. Professor MacDonald’s interest is higher education leadership and he proudly holds two degrees from StFX University. Dr. MacDonald has also held senior leadership positions in the private and the not-for-profit sectors, has served on a variety of public and private boards and is a proud educator who has worked in the elementary, secondary and post-secondary systems in Canada and New Zealand.