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New President takes office at Acadia University
- Joins thousands of students as first week of classes begins

For Immediate Release: September 2, 2003

(Wolfville, NS) - As schools open and students begin a new academic year, Acadia University is also experiencing a first. Today is the first day on the job for Acadia's new president, Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb.

Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb was appointed to her new role following an international search conducted by a committee representing the board, faculty, staff, students and alumni. "Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb possesses the qualities of leadership required to take Acadia University into the future," said George Bishop, chair of the Acadia Board of Governors and the presidential search committee.

Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb is an accomplished leader and visionary with an impressive record of academic and research accomplishments. She is known for her dedication and enthusiasm to enhance the quality of university education for students. She is also well-known for her strategic-thinking and excellent communication with faculty, students, and staff. She has already connected with many people in the Acadia community.

"I've been so impressed with the alumni, faculty, staff and students", says Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb. "Everyone has been hospitable, helpful and willing to tell me everything about Acadia."

It was Acadia's excellent reputation that caught the interest and admiration of Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb, including its technologically-advanced infrastructure. She and her husband, Philip Gottlieb, were also drawn to the University because of the beauty of the region, which they discovered while vacationing in the Annapolis Valley thirty years ago.

Before her appointment, Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb held the position of Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, New York. Her many accomplishments at Dyson included founding the Centre for Community Outreach, and instituting the Centre for Public Service and the Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies.

Throughout her career, Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb's research and scholarly activities centred on the application of biotechnology to the study of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. One of her major achievements was pioneering a course on AIDS education which received national acclaim in the US. From 1986 to 1996 she directed a research laboratory where scholars, from high school students to postdoctoral research fellows, studied a possible new therapy against HIV.

Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb's short-term plans at Acadia University are to get to know the campus and Acadia community, including holding an open house for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb also plans to form a task force to establish a strategic direction that builds on the success of Acadia Advantage, Residence Advantage and Acadia's exceptional educational environment.


Sheri Woodland
Communications Manager
Office of Public Affairs
Acadia University
phone: (902) 585-1362
fax: (902) 585-1072

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