Dr. Dale Keefe is the Interim President and Vice President, Academic & Provost, as well as a Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Keefe completed his BSc (Hon) in Chemistry and Mathematics from Memorial University and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Alberta. After an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa, he joined the faculty at Cape Breton University. His research is on the study of weak interactions in liquids, particularly hydrocarbons, to better understand how the interactions between molecules affect the physical properties of the liquids.
He has supervised more than 30 research students and published more than 50 scientific papers. In 2006, Dr. Keefe was awarded the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Molecular Spectroscopy. Dr. Keefe was also presented the CBU Instructional Leadership Award and the CBU Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. In 2010, he was appointed Dean of Research at CBU and in 2011 Graduate Studies was added to his portfolio. In 2012, Dr. Keefe was inducted as an inaugural member of the Science Atlantic Hall of Fame. He was appointed Vice-President Academic & Research (Provost) in 2014 and President (Interim) in 2016.
Dr. Keefe currently serves on the Verschuren Centre Advisory Board, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, and the boards of Springboard Atlantic and the NS Offshore Energy Research Association.