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Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University

Dr. Mike DeGagné

Mike DeGagné is the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. His career includes working with the federal government in management of Indigenous  programs and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

DeGagné has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada.

With a PhD in Education focusing on Indigenous post-secondary success from Michigan State University, Dr. DeGagné also holds Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures regionally, nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.​​ Most recently, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Dalhousie University and an Indspire award for Public Service.

Welcome Message from President Wamsley

Fri, 08/20/2021 - 09:11

The Fall Term is around the corner and we are hopeful that we may cautiously steer our way through the limitations placed upon us by the pandemic and see a gradual return to classroom and campus activities. I hope that you have had the time to rest, following a very challenging year.

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Nipissing installs Dr. Mike DeGagné as President

Education is the key to a better world, an investment in one’s personal future and the future of Ontario, and Nipissing University has a significant role to play in building that future. That was one of the key messages expressed during Dr. Mike DeGagné’s first official address as President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University.

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