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Principal

Fall 2021

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to welcome you to Assumption University. This year, the international pandemic has brought forward a challenge that we have not seen in over a century. Nevertheless, Assumption University continues to do what it does best: persevere.

Our dedicated Campus Ministry team continues to support our students virtually. The team’s work is especially appreciated now given the added stress that students are feeling because of the pandemic. I encourage students to get in touch with the team and see what innovative activities they have planned for the fall semester.

Our devotion to social justice issues has prompted the revival of the Fr. Joseph Quinn Social Justice Series. On April 22, 2021, we held our series with a topic on the environment. This series highlights the “power of one” and how individual students can be the source of change in their own communities. Our keynote speaker was Mr. Simon Jackson who at the age of 13 organized an international youth coalition to protect the Spirit Bear in Canada’s rainforest. The event welcomed over 1,600 students and teachers from across the region – a record for the event. We have already begun planning our 2022 series.

This April, Super Bowl Champion and athlete, Mr. Luke Willson was the recipient of the 2020 Christian Culture Series Gold Medal.  Mr. Willson joins a distinguished group of philosophers, literati, scientists, and industrialists. This event marked the 80th anniversary of the first Christian Culture Series Gold Medal. Shortly, we will announce the recipient of the 2021-22 gold medal.

As always, I warmly invite you to check for regular updates on our new website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. I wish you much health and prosperity as we move towards our 165th anniversary of teaching goodness, discipline, and knowledge.

Sincerely,

John Cappucci, Ph.D.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

 

About the Principal

In 2020, Dr. John Cappucci was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Assumption University becoming the 29th leader of university since its founding as Assumption College in 1857. He was formally installed on October 26, 2021 by the Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London and Chancellor of Assumption University.

In this role, John focused on academic revitalization, partnerships, community engagement, and targeted fundraising. These efforts have increased Assumption University’s profile in the past two years. John’s dedication was recognized by his fellow principals and presidents leading to his election as Vice-Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada. John holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University; a Master of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston; and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor. John also has an active research agenda with refereed publications in Contemporary JewryCanadian Jewish StudiesFieldwork in ReligionJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies. His research has also been discussed by local and regional media. In addition to his research record, John also have taught courses from across the social sciences resulting in top teaching scores. He has also served on graduate committees mentoring a future generation of academics.