Michael Higgins, Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity
Dr. Higgins came to the University from Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he was president and vice chancellor of St. Thomas University and also a professor of English and Religious Studies. From 1999 to 2006, he was president and vice chancellor of St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and he has held numerous appointments at other Canadian colleges and universities. The distinguished Canadian educator, writer and journalist has been with Sacred Heart since January 2010 as a visiting senior executive in residence assisting the University in a variety of roles and teaching.
Professor Higgins has been a columnist, a radio documentary maker, a television commentator on Vatican affairs, and a regular contributor to Commonweal magazine. He was, as well, the chief advisor for the widely acclaimed TV series, Sir Peter Ustinov’s Inside the Vatican.
Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Francis Xavier University, magna cum laude
Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Toronto
Master’s and Ph.D. in English from York Universityin English
Honors, Awards & Fellowships
The recipient of many awards and honors, he was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Sacred Heart University in 2008.
Publications and Presentations
His next major project will be the biography of the late Father Henri J.M. Nouwen, the only biographical account of Father Nouwen’s life and works to be authorized by the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust.
His numerous books and articles include Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton; The Muted Voice: Religion and the Media; and Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making.