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. He is an International Fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta
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
- Master’s and Ph.D. in English from York Universityin English
- Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Francis Xavier University, magna cum laude
- Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Toronto
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.