Dr. Barry Craig began his term as Huron University College’s seventeenth Principal on July 1, 2016. Prior to that his career included terms as Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Dean of Faculty, and Vice-President (Academic & Research) at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. 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 sets an exciting course for future growth and will distinguish Huron from other Canadian universities.
Key elements of Huron’s new direction include The Huron Core Curriculum, which pairs the traditional advantages of liberal arts with the in-demand skills of business and management.
“Challenging students to be leaders with heart is the foundation of this vision and the crux of what makes Huron such a unique institution,” Dr. Craig explains. “Underpinning The Huron Core Curriculum 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 a core curriculum 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 announced their intention to personally contribute $25,000 to establish 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); and, Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards (forthcoming, 2017). The last three of these books have been co-written with 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.