St. Thomas University has appointed its first woman president. Dawn Russell, Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, earned her first degree from STU and says she is excited about returning to the institution. “I have a strong loyalty and affection for St. Thomas, going back to my time there,” she told the Telegraph-Journal. Russell says STU’s reputation does not yet match the quality of education delivered, and that that will be one of her main priorities. “It concerns me that its reputation isn’t equal to the quality of education it provides. So we need to work hard to enhance its reputation,” she said. Russell has also served as dean of Dalhousie’s law school.