AST News

AST Announces New President

Atlantic School of Theology (AST) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Heather McCance as President of AST, effective August 1, 2023.

Read the full news release.

Convocation Honourees 2023

Atlantic School of Theology (AST) is proud to announce that Cresco Principals Taleb Abidali and Hossein Mousavi will be receiving Honourary Degrees at the upcoming convocation ceremony on May 13, 2023.

AST will also honour the following as associates in recognition of previous service to the university.

  • The Rev. Debra Burleson
  • The Rev. Dr. William J D Close
  • The Rev. Dr. Sally Shaw
  • Cynthia Thomson
  • Dr. Tom McIllwraith

Read the full news release.

AST to receive $3 Million in Infrastructure Funding

On December 19, 2022, the Province of Nova Scotia announced that AST will be receiving $3 Million in Infrastructure funding to preserve and maintain student accommodations. This includes repairs to the brickwork, new plumbing, Wi-Fi system updates, and upgrades to the shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. It will also increase the number of spaces from 65 to 97. We are grateful to the Nova Scotia Government for this funding to help address the growing need for student accommodation.

The full press release is available here:
More Funding to Increase Housing Options for Post-Secondary Students - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

AST Begins Search for New President

The search for a new president at Atlantic School of Theology (AST) has begun. Following an extensive community consultation process, the university welcomes applications and nominations for the position and has retained the services of the Griffith Group, which will conduct an inclusive, accessible, and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants. The Search Committee fully expects that the AST Board of Governors will be able to announce a successful candidate by June 2023.

Application details are available on the Griffith Group website:


AST and ASTFA Reach a Tentative 3-Year Agreement

Atlantic School of Theology and the Faculty Association of AST (ASTFA) are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative three (3)-year agreement after an eleven-month collective bargaining process.

The fourth collective agreement expired on March 3, 2022. Both parties extend their sincere appreciation to the Province of Nova Scotia for its conciliation support. Additional details will be available once the agreement has been ratified by the ASTFA members and the AST University Board of Governors. Ratification votes will be held as quickly as possible.

AST Students to Benefit from New Online Registration System

AST and Saint Mary’s University (SMU) are partnering on admissions and registration systems that will directly benefit students who register for courses and programs at AST. Read more about this exciting project!

AST Office 365 system upgrade is complete
Users have access to email (read full post for more details)

The O365 system upgrade is complete and users have access to email. Users can currently access email via the web app ONLY. User accounts have now been standardized to

Here are some resources for your information:

AST Office 365 migration/upgrade issue. 

The AST Office 365 migration for Banner has encountered an issue. Full service/access to Office 365 online accounts will not be available until Monday, August 22. We appreciate your patience during this important work.

Pine Hill Divinity Hall
Supports AST Transition Fund to the Tune of $450,000

Pine Hill has committed to a donation of up to $150,000 in each of the next three years, or $450,000 in total, to support a new transition fund for Atlantic School of Theology (AST). Read the full announcement.

Appointment Notice
New Director for Camino Nova Scotia

AST is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson as the new Director of Camino Nova Scotia, effective June 27, 2022. Read the full announcement.

Nomination Deadline Extended
The Honourable Mayann Francis Faith in Action Award 2020/2021/2022

This award honours exceptional community outreach that is recognized as having provided significant benefit to the wider community. It is given to individuals whose honoured work is driven by religious commitment to the faith tradition to which the individual belongs. 

Generous Donation Allows AST's DNE Program to Expand

Thanks to generous support from the Estate of Patrick Power, AST is expanding its Diploma in the New Evangelization (DNE) program and increasing its impact over a broader area.

The Honourable Mayann Francis Faith in Action Award 2020/2021/2022

AST opens call for nominations for Honourary Doctor of Divinity and Associate

To be awarded at convocation 2023. Links below provide criteria and submission guidelines.

Dr. Tim O'Neill appointed as AST Interim President - April 4, 2022

Dr. O’Neill brings over 50 years' managerial and executive experience at both the national and international level combined with a strong understanding of the local and regional post-secondary education landscape. Read the full message

AST Newsletter - Spring 2022

Spring 2022
Spring 2022 Insert


Bill Black to Receive Honourary Degree at Convocation 2022 - March 29, 2022

A leading member of the Halifax business community, Mr. Black has combined a successful business career with a strong commitment to service, his faith, and his family. Read the full announcement