Kent MacDonald named St. FX's new president

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

MacDonald to replace outgoing president Sean Riley at Antigonish university

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.