Pea­cock wel­comed as St. F.X.’S 10th chan­cel­lor

Cer­e­mony part of Home­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­

A spe­cial part of this year’s St. F.X. Home­com­ing Week­end ac­tiv­i­ties was the in­stal­la­tion of the uni­ver­sity 10th chan­cel­lor, John Pea­cock, in a Sun­day (Sept. 30) morn­ing cer­e­mony at the St. F.X. Chapel.

Pea­cock was an­nounced as the in­com­ing chan­cel­lor by the uni­ver­sity back in mid-june and of­fi­cially stepped into the role with Sun­day’s cer­e­mony.

He re­places Su­san Crocker who was the uni­ver­sity’s first fe­male and first lay per­son to hold the role. Crocker was chan­cel­lor from 2015 to 2018.

“It’s an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, it re­ally is,” Pea­cock said, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, as he min­gled with at­ten­dees en­joy­ing a re­cep­tion in Den­nis Hall at the Coady In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute, only a few steps from the chapel.

“It’s to­tally un­ex­pected; an hon­our I never thought was go­ing to hap­pen but, now that it has, it re­ally is a priv­i­lege and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Pea­cock, along with his wife Adri­enne, are St. F.X. grad­u­ates of the Class of 1963.

St. F.X. Board of Gov­er­nors’ chair Mike Boyd talked about the role.

“The role of chan­cel­lor is an am­bas­sado­rial and cer­e­mo­nial one, ad­vanc­ing St. F.X.’S in­ter­ests provin­cially, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, serv­ing as an ad­vo­cate for the uni­ver­sity’s his­tory, mis­sion and vi­sion,” Boyd said.

“The chan­cel­lor is a dis­tin­guished per­son with a record of demon­strated ex­cel­lence in his or her cho­sen field and in com­mu­nity ser­vice; an in­di­vid­ual whose rep­u­ta­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence ex­em­pli­fies St. F.X. val­ues. It is a role made for Mr. Pea­cock. He is a St. F.X. cham­pion through and through.”

Pea­cock, the re­tired ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent of Fed­nav Lim­ited, a Cana­dian ocean-go­ing, dry-bulk ship-own­ing and char­ter­ing group, said he is most look­ing for­ward to in­ter­act­ing with the stu­dents.

“It’s some­thing I’ve of­ten done, for a long time,” he said.

“That will be the high­light of what this is all about; meet­ing them and hear­ing what they have to say.”

In talk­ing about the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion specif­i­cally, as well as other Home­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, Pea­cock said it has been a very en­cour­ag­ing week­end.

“[I’m] en­cour­aged by the sense of how good things seem to be around here, in ev­ery re­spect,” he said.

“The stu­dent pop­u­la­tion is at a good level, we have a won­der­ful fac­ulty, a lot of new build­ings go­ing up, there is not re­ally much to want for. By and large, it’s a re­ally good time for St. F.X.; nice to be here at this time.

“And it has been a great week­end. A lit­tle rain on Fri­day but that didn’t dampen a thing. The lunches, din­ners, sport­ing events – foot­ball game could have gone a lit­tle bet­ter – all with the X spirit be­ing dis­played … it has just been fab­u­lous. I’ve en­joyed it a whole lot,” he added.

St. F.X. Pres­i­dent Kent Mac­don­ald de­scribed the in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony as a high­light of the week­end.

“It was a won­der­ful cer­e­mony,” Mac­don­ald said.

“His speech res­onated with ev­ery­one in the chapel … he is a true Xave­rian,” he added, not­ing he has re­ceived nu­mer­ous pos­i­tive feed­back mes­sages, through emails and in-per­son, re­gard­ing Pea­cock be­ing cho­sen for the role by the board.

Richard Macken­zie

New St. F.X. Chan­cel­lor John Pea­cock greet­ing folks in a re­cep­tion line fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony Sept. 30.

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