Mount Allison Alumni Association have representatives on both the Board of Regents and the Senate of Mount Allison University.
Board of Regents
The Board of Regents is responsible for the management and control of Mount Allison's business and affairs. The Alumni Association elects or appoints four members to the Board of Regents (one each year). The current members are:
George Cooper ('89)
Moncton, New Brunswick
George is the New Brunswick Managing Partner at Cox & Palmer Law in Moncton, NB. He earned his B.A. at Mount Allison, then completed his education at the University of New Brunswick and, in 1997, completed an LL.M. at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, where he studied both Corporate Finance and Insolvency Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and the New Brunswick Bar in 1998. George maintains a commercial litigation and transaction practice with emphasis on disputes, transactions and arbitrations relating to Commercial Financing, Securities and Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Product Liability, Natural Resources and Energy and Insurance.
George regularly represents chartered banks, manufacturers, insurers and numerous other commercial entities. He has appeared before all levels of court in New Brunswick and Ontario and before numerous boards and tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission. George articled and practiced with the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott, one of Canada’s leading law firms, where his practice focused on commercial and insolvency litigation.
Brian MacLeod ('74)
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Brian D. MacLeod has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in philosophy and psychology from Mount A, 1974. While at Mt. A, Brian ( known to friends there as “Cleveland”) was Hunton house president, Judicial Council Member, Campus Police, and “ Prince of Windsor” for the 1974 Winter Carnival.
Since leaving MtA, Brian has been honoured as an Honourary Chief of the Whycobah Mi’Kmaq Band after serving as the local Band Administrator for several years.
Brian founded what has become MacLeod Group Health Services Ltd. in 1980, and now operates a chain of nursing homes; senior’s assisted living homes, and assorted commercial properties around Nova Scotia. In the health industry he has served on many Provincial Boards and committees over the years.
Brian is active in many community and University activities. He is co-founder and chair of the Festival Antigonish Foundation, closing in on a one million dollar goal to support theatre in Antigonish. He has done fund raising for Autism Research Chair at Dalhousie University, and is a board member for Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. He has been very active in many committees and campaigns at St. James United Church in Antigonish, and recently chaired the Capital Campaign Committee which renovated the one hundred and fifty year old church and associated buildings.
At the 2012 StFX Homecoming ceremony, Brian was named a "Friend of StFX" award for his dedication to St. FX University and community. He is a member of the Universities Art Gallery Board, and a supported of many projects on campus. Brian has been a board member for Nova Scotia Community College, and also sat as Chair of it’s Development Initiative. He is a past Board member for Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA).
He and his wife Irene have three sons, William Roderick, Brian Douglas, and Sheumais Alexander and reside in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Sheumais is presently a student at MtA.
Andrew Clark ('98)
Andrew graduated with a B.A. History from Mount Allison University, and remained engaged with the University through the Alumni Board of Directors where he's held the positions of Director (2004-2007), Vice-President (2007-2009) and President (2009-2011).
He has been a Director of Park Lawn Corporation since July, 2011. He joined Park Lawn as Chief Operating Officer in September, 2011, and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in July, 2013. Prior to joining the Corporation, Andrew founded a successful tourism and hospitality business which grew from only two employees in 2002 to become a leader in its field with operations and staff in the UK, Canada and US. The business was ultimately merged with Canada's largest privately held travel company in 2008 and Mr. Clark was bought out in 2011. Prior to the travel industry, Andrew worked in the financial analysis and relationship management roles in the mid-market commercial lending business of TD Bank.
Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ('73)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Jill arrived at Mount Allison to study music and piano, but switched
into the English program after her first year and graduated with her
Honours degree after only three years of study. During her time on
campus, she was also a member of the swim team, played almost all of the
available women’s intramural sports, served on Women’s Athletic
Association Council, was a member of the Winter Carnival committee, and
organized beer gardens in Hesler Hall.
Jill has remained very engaged with the MtA community as an alumna. She has been active in the Charlottetown, Ottawa, and Halifax chapters, chaired her class project, and co-chaired the annual Homecoming Golf Classic. She is also the Chair of the Communications Advisory committee and a member of the Archival committee.
Jill is currently working as principal at Quadrant Communications and as a publishing/communications consultant, having worked as a writer, editor, and journalist for countless publications throughout her career. Jill also devotes her time to choral music, golf, bridge, and volunteer communications work. She and her husband, Bill, are based in Halifax, and have two children, Simon (’03) and Lucy.
Jill says that her “favorite memory of Mount A has been evolving over the last 40 years as I reconnect every 3-5 years with old classmates and friends. I realize that the years have not changed us so very much and our friendships get stronger and stronger. I'm always amazed at how much I have in common with other Mount Aers, no matter their age, where they live, or the life path they have pursued”.
The Senate of Mount Allison University is chaired by the President and composed of members of the teaching and administrative staff, and appointees of the Board of Regents. The Alumni Association has one appointed representative. The current member is:
Bill Evans ('71)
Sackville, New Brunswick
Bill is part of a long line of Allisonians stretching back to the University's beginnings. His grandparents, mother, siblings, wife and three children all attended MtA. As a student he lived in Trueman House, was part of Alex Fancy's inaugural theatre group, played intramural sports and graduated with an honours degree in Economics in 1972. He joined the staff of the University in 1974 and worked in a variety of capacities over the intervening 38 years, the last 24 of which with Computing Services, before retiring in 2012. He was president of the Mount Allison Staff Association for 12 years and served on many university committees including three presidential search committees.
Bill is an active member of the Sackville community and the home in which he and his wife, Heather, live has been in the family for more than 110 years. He is an avid badminton player, a long-serving member of the board of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation and current member of the Tantramar Seniors' College and the Sackville Rotary Club. In 2012, he was elected to the Sackville Town Council.
Find out more about Mount Allison's Senate.