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Frank McKenna Centre designed to spark public policy, leadership


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ANTIGONISH – The newest addition to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish will draw students from all disciplines and become a launching board for public policy, business and health initiatives.

The $10 million Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, attached to the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, will develop an executive leadership training program with potential international collaborations.

“The Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership is another step in St. FX’s strategy of quality and competitiveness,” said Dr. Sean Riley, president of St. FX. “We are here to celebrate leadership in action, leadership in reflection, and the energy, talent, and imagination of future leaders.”

The centre will also host a leadership speakers series, an executive leadership training program, a leaders-in-residence program and a global placement program to provide students and faculty with increased international experience.

The centre is named after Frank McKenna, the former New Brunswick premier and former Canadian ambassador to the United States. He donated $1 million toward its construction.

While its official opening was Wednesday, the centre will welcome its first students in September.

"This day is all about leadership. So it is fitting to have one of the world’s most effective leaders here to share our vision about enhancing leadership in our society today and for future generations,” said McKenna.

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