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Principal

Spring 2024

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Assumption University – one of Canada’s most historic Roman Catholic institutes of higher learning. The year 2024 is shaping to be a historic year for Assumption University.

One of the events we have to look forward to is our 56th Convocation ceremony in June – an integral component of our academic revitalization. Our Chancellor, Bishop Fabbro will confer the first diplomas on the inaugural class of Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies candidates. At this ceremony, these candidates will officially become part of proud alumni of one of the nation’s oldest Catholic institutes of higher learning.  At the ceremony, we will confer honorary doctorates on Mr. John Beck and Professor Veronique Mandal for their tremendous contributions to our community and impactful examples of leadership. Dr. Dan Andreae, a long-term supporter and friend, will receive the Fr. LeBel Award for his outstanding service to Assumption University over the past years.

At Assumption, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Adam Iannetta (Ph.D., Western). Dr. Iannetta will teach our Capstone in Catholic Studies (CATH 8900) course during the Spring 2024 term. This course is one of the most praised courses within in our Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies. We will also be offering a Directed Reading and Major Paper course during the spring and summer terms.

Our Fourth Annual Fr. Joe Quinn Social Justice Series was held this past April. We were joined by over 150 students and teachers from across the area to learn about Food Insecurity. We will start to plan for our 2025 series shortly.

Assumption University’s Campus Ministry program is planning events for September 2024. We hope to maximize the use of our student lounge. Here students can study, meet, and enjoy a coffee or a tea.

As always, thank you all for your support of Assumption University as we continue to teach goodness, discipline, and knowledge.

Sincerely,

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

About the Principal – Dr. John Cappucci 

In 2020, Dr. John Cappucci was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Assumption University becoming the 29th leader of the 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. Prior to his official appointment, John served as Interim Principal from 2019-2020.

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 has worked to expand Assumption University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2022, a new Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies was launched. The program is considered a hiring asset by seven school boards in the region and received the support of both the Bishop and Superior-General. In order to provide academic oversight that is key to any academic institute of higher learning, John successfully restored Assumption University’s Senate in 2022. He worked to expand Assumption’s Board of Governors to incorporate diverse skillsets and experiences. Under John’s leadership, Assumption became the second Canadian university to be admitted as a member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. John’s dedication was recognized by his fellow principals and presidents leading to his selection as Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) in 2022. Prior to his selection as Chair, John served as Vice-Chair from 2020 to 2022. In April 2024, he completed his term as Chair of the ACCUC and serves in the advisory role as Immediate Past Chair.

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 Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, Contemporary JewryCanadian Jewish StudiesFieldwork in ReligionJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies. His most recent article on the perception of antisemitism in the Diocese of London was published by the Bulletin for the Study of Religion.  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 humanities and social sciences resulting in top teaching scores. He has also served on graduate committees mentoring a future generation of academics.