Kent MacDonald

Kent MacDonald has been named the new president and vice-chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University. (Courtesy of Invest Ottawa)

After months of searching, St. Francis Xavier University announced Friday that its new president and vice-chancellor will be Kent MacDonald.

MacDonald grew up in New Glasgow, N.S., and has a BA and a master's of education from St. FX. He did a doctorate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania, according to a statement from St. FX.

MacDonald is the current president and chief executive at Algonquin College, which has campuses in Ontario and Saudi Arabia. A campus will soon open in Kuwait.

MacDonald will replace outgoing president Sean Riley at St. FX.

"We are delighted to have found such a leader in Dr. MacDonald, an alumnus whose exemplary qualifications will build on St. FX’s extraordinary strengths, and further position the university for long-term, sustainable success," Mark Wallace, the chair of the presidential selection committee, said in a statement.

MacDonald will take the helm of the university on Aug. 1.