Brescia Principal to forego formal installation ceremony to direct funding to student awards

September 7, 2016

LONDON, ON – Brescia University College’s 12th Principal, Dr. Susan Mumm has elected to forego the traditional, formal installation ceremony and will instead direct the cost savings towards supporting new student awards.

Since arriving on July 1, Dr. Mumm has spent much of her time gaining an understanding of what it means to be a Brescia student. “Our vision centres on our students graduating as women leaders who contribute actively and positively to society. We know that 46% of our students receive some form of financial support funded by Brescia, and I want to ensure the focus continues to be about our students and their success.” She adds, “The more opportunities that we can find to make this happen, the more successful we will be at realizing this vision.”

“The Board applauds Dr. Mumm’s bold leadership. Brescia is known for its student-centred approach, and the creation of these new student awards reinforces our commitment to education for all women.” says Larry MacKinnon, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are delighted with this thoughtful decision as it is a clear indication of her commitment to Brescia’s values and those of its founders the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union.”

Dr. Mumm will leverage the cost savings of $25,000 by offering a challenge match to new donors and donors who increase their support of student awards by matching their gifts 1:1 which will establish a new $50,000 student award fund.

In keeping with its Catholic heritage, a small private installation will take place in the Brescia Chapel on November 26, 2016.


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Colleen Aguilar, Director, Communications & External Relations at 519-432-8353, ext 28293 or at, or Caitlin Core, Communications& External Relations Officer at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or at

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,550 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, Business, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity.