Principal of Brescia appointed Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada (ACCUC)

November 28, 2011

London, ON – On October 1, 2011 Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal of Canada’s only all women’s university – Brescia University College – assumed the Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada (ACCUC).

Comprising 20 Catholic institutions of higher education across Canada, the ACCUC promotes and serves as a voice for Catholic higher education in Canada and fosters communication between the executive heads of Catholic colleges and universities in Canada and other Catholic Church related institutions of higher learning.

Says Hanycz, “I look forward to continuing to support the ACCUC as a vital platform for conversations about Catholic higher education in Canada. We are a support to each other as we do the important work of educating young people to take their place in society upon graduation. I clearly recall the support and sense of history that I experienced during my Installation at Brescia on November 1, 2008, when the ACCUC Presidents processed into the Basilica with Brescia faculty, staff and students, in support of Brescia’s new chapter in its history. We all benefit from membership in the ACCUC through our similar mission, vision, and values and through our shared interest in being a voice for the Catholic mission of our higher educational institutions.”

Maria Knowles, Co-ordinator of Brescia’s Council of Trustees, is proud of the leadership role that Hanycz has assumed with this new position. She affirms, “Brescia is dedicated to empowering young women to assume positions of leadership, both on campus and beyond. When our Principal provides such a shining leadership role, it signals a strong message that we truly do believe that leadership is a choice.”


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