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Caught in a Changing Society

St. Dunstan's University 1950-1969

by (author) Leonard Cusack

Island Studies Press
Initial publish date
May 2021
General, Higher, History, Organizations & Institutions
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    May 2021
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Caught in a Changing Society: St. Dunstan's University 1950 -- 1969 chronicles the golden years of expansion at an esteemed Catholic university. Campus life was tight knit, with students participating in sports teams, drama and music performances, social activities, and mandatory classes and religious services under the watchful eyes of the priests and Sisters. With increased enrolment, more resources were needed to build new campus buildings and hire more lay teaching staff. As social mores changed and mini-skirts appeared on campus in the mid-1960s, students demanded freedoms and direct representation, while the administration fought for much needed government subsidies and faced the challenges of an uncertain future.

With Prince of Wales College becoming a university, the province faced the daunting prospect of supporting two post-secondary institutions. To solve the financial crisis, Premier Alex Campbell mandated the creation of the University of Prince Edward Island. Caught in a Changing Society captures the ensuing debate that led to the closure of the 114-yearold St. Dunstan's University and the resolve that allowed the institution to evolve into a charitable foundation that has invested more than 32 million dollars into education, infrastructure, and the diocese.

About the author

Leonard Cusack graduated from St. Dunstan's University in 1969 and has a Master of Arts degree in Canadian History from the University of New Brunswick. During his career, Leonard was a high school teacher and principal, a public servant, and a sessional lecturer in history at the University of Prince Edward Island. His previous books include A Magnificent Gift Declined: The Dalton Sanatorium of Prince Edward Island 1913-1923; A Party for Progress: The P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Party 1770-2000; and Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016.

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