About Saint Mary's
Vice-President, Academic and Research (Acting)
Dr. Esther E. Enns
Dr. Enns has assumed the role of Acting Vice-President, Academic and Research for the period July 1 to December 31, 2016.
Dr. Enns joined Saint Mary's in 2002 to assume an appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, a position she held for twelve years. She promoted experiential learning opportunities for students through community engagement and international partnerships, and also initiated student success programs in the Faculty of Arts. Since 2014 she has served as Senior Policy Advisor, Teaching and Learning, establishing the new Global Commons Studio for Teaching and Learning. She has continued in her leadership role for the Faculty of Education, and has led the President's Council Action Team for the Safe and Respectful Saint Mary's initiative.
She holds the degrees of BSL (Hon), MA, MEd, and PhD from Laurentian, McMaster and the University of Toronto respectively. At Saint Mary's University she is a full professor with a cross-appointment in Education and Linguistics.
As a specialist in Educational Linguistics and Intercultural Studies, Dr. Enns was on faculty at the University of Calgary in the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies as a professor of German from 1984 to 2002. As a scholar in educational development, she was named founding Director of both the Learning Commons and the Language Research Centre at the University of Calgary. She was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow in 1998, and currently chairs the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows within the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Ms. Gabrielle Morrison was appointed Vice-President, Administration in December 1997. In January 2013, her portfolio expanded and she was appointed Vice-President, Finance & Administration. Her responsibilities include oversight of Facilities Management, Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology Systems & Support, Athletics & Recreation, Housing & Conference Services and Food Services, and Emergency Response. Additionally, Ms. Morrison plays a leadership role in various University strategic initiatives such as Sustainability Strategy, Health & Wellness Strategy, and the Service Excellence initiative.
Ms. Morrison is a member of the Board of Governors and a member of the Board’s Executive, Finance, Investment, Audit, Pension, Property, and Human Resources Committees.
Ms. Morrison is currently a board member of the Atlantic Universities’ Interuniversity Services Incorporated (ISI) group.
Her career prior to Saint Mary’s University was in the health care sector, beginning in 1976 in the Management Engineering field, progressing to vice president roles first at The Salvation Army Grace Maternity Hospital and subsequently at the IWK Grace Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Ms. Morrison is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a degree in Science in Industrial Engineering. She has continued her development through ongoing management, executive and leadership development programs. She is a 2015 graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program.