Cheryl Sutton begins term as Nipissing University president

North Bay, ON – Nipissing University’s new interim President and Vice-Chancellor is officially one week into her role. Cheryl Sutton, the University’s former Vice-President, Finance and Administration, took over the leadership position on July 1, succeeding Dr. Mike DeGagné who served in the role since 2013.

The Nipissing University Board of Governors officially announced Sutton’s appointment at the end of March following DeGagné’s resignation. She will remain president until the search for the University’s next leader is completed. The process is currently underway. 

“Cheryl’s leadership experience and intimate knowledge of the University make her the ideal person to lead the institution during these extraordinary times,” said Marianne Berube, Chair, Board of Governors. “We look forward to working with her over the coming months to continue the momentum the University has experienced over the last number of years.”

“I’m honoured that the board has entrusted me to lead the University through this challenging period,” said Sutton. “Nipissing has evolved significantly since I joined the institution in 2010, but our student-centred approach to education has been unwavering. I look forward to engaging with our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and community in this new capacity to ensure we continue to be a university of choice for students into the future.”

Sutton joined the University in 2010 and has served as vice-president since 2016. An accomplished executive with 25 years of experience as a chartered professional accountant/certified general accountant working in public service, Sutton also holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader. She first joined the University as Director of Human Resources and Employee Relations, and in 2014, took on the role of Assistant Vice-President, Finance and Human Resources. Before coming to Nipissing, Sutton spent several years at Ontario Northland where her career progressed from Manager of Accounting in 1991 to Vice-President of Passenger Services in 2005.

Sutton has served on numerous boards including the University Health Insurance Plan Steering Committee (since 2011) and the Faculty Bargaining Services advisory committee (since 2019). She is the current board chair of Hands and has been a board member since 2015.



Meghan Venasse
Manager, Communications
Nipissing University
705-474-3450 ext. 4615