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Charting the Future

President’s Message

In 1838, our founders committed Acadia University to the principles of inclusiveness, merit, and achievement. They broke down existing barriers to higher education and started us on an incredible journey that continues today.

Acadia’s mission is to provide a personalized and rigorous liberal education; promote a robust and respectful scholarly community; and inspire a diversity of students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and responsible global leaders. We have served that mission with pride and fidelity, and, as we approach the third century of our life as an institution, we renew our commitment to the vision of our founders and the transformative experience we offer to our students.

Our Campaign for Acadia will enable us to protect the values that have defined us for the past 180 years and to meet the challenges of the years ahead. This $75-million fundraising endeavour – the largest in our history – will strengthen the University and serve our students and faculty for years to come.

We cannot achieve success without you.

On behalf of our campus community, I thank you for joining us as we Campaign for Acadia.

Dr. Peter J. Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor