Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray

Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray became Saint Mary’s University’s 34th President on July 1st, 2015.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Robert came to Canada in the 1980s receiving his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Toronto.

He has served in a number of senior academic roles, including the Dean of Social Sciences at Mount Allison University and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University.

robert summerby MurrayHe is a respected educator, having received the Tucker Teaching Award, the AAU Distinguished Teacher Award and a 3M Fellowship. His research areas include historical geography, environmental history, industrial heritage, archives and narratives, GIS and cartography, the work of New Brunswick literary figure Charles G. D. Roberts, student mobility and internationalization.

I met Dr. Summerby-Murray through our mutual work on Nova Scotia’s Business Education Council, a group organized to advance entrepreneurship in the education system. He continues to be very active in promoting business growth and innovation in Atlantic Canada

I met with Robert at his office at Saint Mary’s to talk about his life, his thoughts on education, innovation, immigration and the future of Atlantic Canada. I hope you enjoy my wide-ranging conversation with Robert Summerby-Murray


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