Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and retired from her position in June 2017. Her previous roles included Principal of Huron University College and Vice President Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University. Dr. Lumpkin began her university career in Kentucky where for 13 years she held a variety of positions in higher education that included institutional planning, continuing education, faculty development and university teaching. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England.

Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has been actively engaged in advocacy on behalf of women’s issues, in promoting the role of women in higher education, and in enhancing access to education for adult and Aboriginal learners.

She is Past Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Past Chair of IWF (Atlantic Region), Past Board member for Universities Canada, Board member of Women Active Nova Scotia, and Chair of Engage Nova Scotia. In 2014, Dr. Lumpkin was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership in post-secondary education, her promotion of community-based learning initiatives, and her support for the advancement of women.