Dr. Barry Craig began his term as Huron University’s seventeenth President on July 1, 2016. Within 100 days of starting at Huron, and following more than 250 one-on-one conversations with faculty, staff, alumni, students, community leaders and donors, Dr. Craig announced a new vision for Huron which set an exciting course for future growth and distinguished Huron from other Canadian universities.
Key elements of Huron’s new direction include the vision of Leaders with Heart, which challenges Huron students to develop both intellectually and ethically through a combination of rigorous academic work and community engagement. Every Huron student has the opportunity to experience a paid internship in the industry of their choice. Additionally, every Huron student is asked to volunteer in the community. This is not for credit and there is no pay. It is simply designed to develop empathy and leadership skills in our students.
“Challenging students to be leaders with heart is the foundation of Huron’s mission and the crux of what makes Huron such a unique institution,” Dr. Craig explains. “Underpinning this will be an ethical foundation that stresses corporate social responsibility, service to the community, and social justice. Students in all programs will be engaged in community service, active community-based learning, mentorships and internships, to complement their academic activities. Being part of the Huron community means contributing to the wider world; it means being a leader with heart from day one.”
“As a strategically small institution, Huron is well-positioned to redefine the landscape of liberal arts education. No other university in the country provides students with an education that values your character as well as your education at an undergraduate level, across the entire institution,” says Dr. Craig. “This will be a cultural shift for our entire university, and it will be what sets our students apart in the job market.”
“At Huron, we support one another. Never has it been more important and necessary to focus on recruiting, attracting, and retaining a diverse community of students, ones who are both academically inclined and community-minded,” Dr. Craig says. “Challenging students to be leaders with heart means ensuring that students from all backgrounds, including historically underserviced and previously marginalized communities, are supported throughout their time at Huron and their individual gifts developed.” To support this goal, Dr. Craig and his wife Dr. Sara MacDonald have established a new scholarship for Indigenous student leaders.
Dr. Craig holds a BA from the University of Kings College, an MA from Dalhousie University, and a PhD from the University of Wales. Dr. Craig has extensive experience in curriculum, program, and policy development and has published several books, including Apostle to the Wilderness: Bishop John Medley and the Evolution of the Anglican Church (2005); Recovering Hegel from the Critique of Leo Strauss: The Virtues of Modernity (2014); Recollecting Dante’s Divine Comedy in the Novels of Mark Helprin: The Love that Moves the Sun and the Other Stars (2015); Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards (2017); and, The Coen Brothers and the Comedy of Democracy (2018). The last four of these books have been co-written with his wife, Dr. Sara MacDonald. He was co-chair of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011. He has received numerous awards for both his teaching and his research. He has served on numerous government commissions and task forces and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.