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Allisonian Firsts: Sheila Brown

A virtual exhibition celebrating the bold Allisonians who became the "firsts" in their field.

Sheila Brown

First female President of Mount Allison University, 1990-1991

Sheila Brown standing in front of the classroom teaching students.

Sheila Brown, [ca. 1990]

Mount Allison University Archives, Mount Allison University Information Office fonds, 8805/6/2/2. May only be reproduced with permission of the Mount Allison University Archives.

Sheila Brown received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography from Cambridge University and went on to earn a Master of Arts and PhD from the University of Alberta. She subsequently accepted a teaching position there, where she remained until 1980. She next taught at the University of Manitoba until accepting the position of vice-president at Mount Allison in July 1987. After the resignation of Donald Wells, Brown was appointed interim President, and held that position for the 1990-1991 school year. To this date, she is the first and only woman to have served as President of the University. She subsequently went to Mount Saint Vincent University, where she served four years as vice-president Academic (1992-1996), and ten years (1996-2006) as President.