Dr. Dale Keefe has been appointed Vice President Academic and Provost of Cape Breton University (CBU) following the completion of an international search process. Keefe joined the CBU community in 1996 as a Professor of Physical Chemistry and has since been a valued member of both the campus and Cape Breton communities. The position begins on July 1, 2015.
“The Board has worked with Dale on an interim basis and was impressed by his strong leadership abilities. We look forward to working with him on a permanent basis to provide the best education possible for all CBU students,” says Ambrose White, Chair, CBU Board of Governors.
Keefe’s commitment to research excellence in vibrational spectroscopy resulted in his gaining of a Tier II Canada Research Chair (2006-11) and his 2012 induction into the Hall of Fame for Science Atlantic. As an educational leader, Keefe championed the development of CBU’s Chemistry Society of Canada accredited Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) 4-year degree. And in 2009, he was awarded both the CBU Instructional Leadership Award and the CBU Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.
“I know that this announcement will be popular with everyone in our community who has had the privilege of working with Dale and knows of his deep commitment to our University and to Cape Breton Island,” says CBU President, David Wheeler.
Recently, Keefe held the positon of Dean of Research and Graduate Studies where he helped to facilitate and administrate faculty and student research, and celebrated the various research programs at CBU. Since July 2014, Keefe has been the interim Vice President Academic and Research.
“This is a very exciting time at CBU. I am very proud of our commitment to deliver a high quality education for all our students.” says Keefe. “I have always been a strong believer in experiential learning and engaging students as part of my own research team. In the coming years, I will be leading our academic renewal including increasing opportunities for experiential learning.”
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