Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Kevin McCormick is a passionate champion for education, a humanitarian of distinction, an avid volunteer, a community builder and a true global citizen. At present, he is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Huntington University in Greater Sudbury, the Honorary Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada, a member of the National Seniors Council, a Patron of St. John Ambulance – Northeastern Ontario, and the Founding President of the Peruvian Canadian Institute.  He also devotes much of his time and talent to support organizations at the local, provincial and national levels.

In 2006, Dr. Kevin McCormick was recruited to Huntington University as the President and Vice-Chancellor. Under his leadership, guidance, and exceptional collaborative strengths, the university has achieved long-term financial stability and a rising community profile. In addition, community and educational partnerships are evolving, academic partnerships with institutions of higher learning at the provincial, national and international level are multiplying and creating opportunities for cultural exchanges, and students are benefitting from a generous scholarship and bursary program. The university has also established several successful projects over the years, including centres of excellence such as the Peruvian Canadian Institute and the Canadian Finnish Institute. 


Over the span of his career, Kevin has held numerous roles and responsibilities including faculty and administration. In his role as the Dean of the Institute of University Partnerships and Advanced Studies at Georgian College in Barrie, he was responsible for the university programming at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and the development of initiatives in countries such as India, China, Northern Ireland and the United States. He also developed and launched Ontario’s first ever applied degree programs in Police Studies and Automotive Management and the first, fully online, Cyberspace Security post-graduate program. Kevin has also held teaching and administrative positions at York University at both Atkinson College and the Faculty of Arts, holding a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Refugees and Human Rights. During his career he has been the recipient of other fellowships and academic prizes, including the Mariano Elli Chair Award for Italian - Canadian Studies and the Award of Excellence from Chiangrai Rajabhat University, Thailand.


Kevin is an internationally recognized educator who has published extensively in the areas of social justice, higher education pedagogy/ leadership. He is a sought-after speaker who is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences, NGOs and institutions of higher learning.

For decades, Kevin has provided the leadership and spearheaded various awareness and fundraising campaigns to establish relief programs across the globe in locations such as Thailand, India, Myanmar, Laos and various African nations. Working independently and voluntarily, he has personally been to the camps, worked with the refugees, and purchased medical supplies, educational resources and other much needed goods, to help those in need. He has also personally funded innovative educational initiatives such as the Maple Leaf Award Program, which anonymously recognizes scholars from developing countries for their work in the area of social and economic development. The Maple Leaf Award Program is an international initiative that financially supports scholars from developing countries to ensure that they can attend international conferences. The prize funding also supports the dissemination of the recipient’s research into the global community for scholars.


In 2009 thanks to the global reputation he had developed, Kevin was invited to attend the United Nations International Refugee Day celebrations on June 20th in New York City, as an honoured guest and share his model of international volunteerism and mentorship. Over the years, he has also been recognized by numerous governments and human rights agencies, and has worked with international aid agencies such as UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency. He also served as a board member for Canadian Friends of Burma (2013 – 2015) and was involved with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

Kevin was promoted in December 2017 to the rank of Honorary Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada. Since that date, he has led two separate trips with members of the 2nd Battalion, to London, England, for engagements with the His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who serves as Colonel-in-Chief of the 2nd Battalion of The Irish Regiment of Canada.


In 2011, Kevin was named by the Minister of National Defence as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada. In that role, he initiated and personally funded Project Honour and Preserve to raise awareness of the sacrifices and contributions made by Canadian Veterans while bringing public attention to important dates in Canadian Military history.

Through Project Honour and Preserve, Kevin personally purchased hundreds of historic artifacts. In 2013, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, he embarked on an 18-month cross-Canada journey, donating items to groups such as museums, affiliated military units, Veterans’ associations, and schools. Privately and confidentially, he also repatriated countless items belonging to Veterans and their respective families.


In 2017, he expanded on the concept of Project Honour and Preserve, launching the Canada Heritage France Initiative with project co-founder Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt.  This new initiative, in recognition of our country’s 150th anniversary and the nation of France’s continued friendship and support, aims to raise awareness of the excellent Canada-France relations that exist between both countries, and highlight their common history, culture and shared values. In addition, Kevin works with project co-founder, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Motyl of the Canadian Armed Forces Military Police, on the Service and Sacrifice Initiative - a personally funded mission to honour and preserve the service and sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces. 



Kevin also has a rich history of supporting the Canadian Forces members, Veterans and their families through innovative programs and partnerships. Working voluntarily and independently, he established the Canadian Homeless Veterans’ Network, an initiative that supports Veterans through personal donations to shelters and service agencies. Kevin has also used his own funds to create various bursaries and scholarships for members of the Canadian military and their families, and has worked with the Canadian Armed Forces in the creation of educational programs that empower both serving members and those who have retired, as they transition into new careers.

Kevin’s civic engagement and volunteerism continues to impact many diverse sectors ranging from education, healthcare, refugee awareness, youth services, food banks, tourism and the arts.


At present, his civic and volunteer engagement has him actively championing such organizations as Health Sciences North, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Maison McCulloch Hospice, Réseau ACCESS Network, Vitanova Rehabilitation Foundation, St. John Ambulance, Military Families Fund(s), Veterans’ Associations, various refugee organizations, Local Immigration Projects (LIP) and community based multicultural initiatives, to name only a few.  He has also raised millions of dollars for community based groups and initiatives, including the United Way.

Kevin’s inspirational volunteerism spans four decades and focuses on a myriad of issues/causes ranging from education, humanitarian relief, immigration and refugee services, military, race relations, hospice care, homelessness, youth mentorship, and more. In recognition of his leadership in these areas, he has been named as the recipient of numerous honours and awards in Canada, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Finland and Italy.


Recent honours include: Member (Fifth Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (2019) presented by the Kingdom of Thailand, Bell Business Excellence Award – Executive of the Year (2018), Senate of Canada 150 Award (2017), Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (2017), National Commendation – Minister of Veterans Affairs (2016), Palliative Care Leadership Award (2016), International Peace Medal – YMCA (2016), the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship (2014), the Community Builders Award for Excellence (2014), the Queen’s Diamond (2012) and Golden (2002) Jubilee Medals, and Canadian Professor of the Year (1999).  Kevin is also an Officer in the Order of St. John (2010).  In 2010 Kevin also became one of few Canadians to be named a Member of the Most Honourable Order of the Crown of Thailand, by the King, for his contributions to international education and humanitarianism. He has also been recognized with numerous citations from local governments, charitable groups and professional organizations.





Office of the President


Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice-Chancellor



To anyone who has lived or learned in the north, Huntington University is most likely a familiar name. Set in an urban background and nestled between lakes and pristine wilderness, Huntington University has been considered home to students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members who have come through our campus doors since its foundation 60 years ago. While Huntington University’s mission has broadened considerably since its inception, new services, staff, partners and benefits continue to join our family.


Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet many of those individuals whose lasting memories of Huntington University continue to resonate. From alumni to former Board members and from institutional partners to event guests, I am always delighted when I run into people who tell of how welcoming, friendly and warm our campus community truly is.


While our humble beginnings are set in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, we are most proud of the fact that today, Huntington University is a name familiar to those living beyond the borders of northern Ontario. Of course, we could not have done so without the support of outstanding people who together are strengthening the linkages with our external communities, in our province, nation and around the world. 


On behalf of our excellent staff, students, and alumni, I encourage you to explore our institution and welcome you to Huntington University.