Brescia Begins Search for New Principal


April 12, 2007

London, ON – A Principal Search Committee, chaired by Norman Pizzale, has begun the process of selecting a new Principal for Brescia University College to succeed Dr. Theresa Topic in July 2008. Dr. Topic’s term as Principal ends June 2008 and she has chosen not to renew. During her time as Principal of Brescia University College, Dr. Topic has been a tremendous leader. Her positive impact on the Brescia community is demonstrated through an increase in student enrolment, the successful completion of the Beryl Ivey Library expansion, and the recent launch of a new strategic plan titled “Learn, Live, Lead”.

Dr. Theresa Topic is the 11th Principal of Brescia University College, and the first lay Principal. She was appointed Academic Dean at Brescia in 1996, served as Acting Principal in the 1999-2000 academic year and was appointed as Principal beginning July 1, 2000. Prior to her employment at Brescia, Dr. Topic was a director of the Anthropology Graduate Program at Trent University in Peterborough.

Brescia has retained Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. as consultant to assist in this search. Ms. Smith has extensive experience recruiting for senior academic positions at universities in Canada including at the Principal level. With the assistance of Ms. Smith, the Search Committee intends to conduct a search which is comprehensive in scope including a process of consultation within and beyond the Brescia community. Accordingly, the Committee intends to provide an opportunity to hear the views of individuals and groups as it undertakes this important and significant endeavour.

The Principal Search Committee consists of student, alumnae, faculty, staff and Council of Trustees representatives of Brescia University College, as well as a representative from the Ursuline Religious Community, founders of Brescia University College.


For more information, please contact: Marianne Simm Secretary, Principal Search Committee 519-858-5151

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 954 women registered as full-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition while perusing Western degrees. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit