Dr. Kevin Wamsley began his term as Academic Vice-President and Provost at StFX in 2015. Dr. Wamsley holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts from Western University and received his PhD from the University of Alberta, where he held a Killam Doctoral Scholarship. Prior to joining the Department of Kinesiology at Western in 1997, he taught at the University of Calgary, where he also served as Associate Dean (Graduate) within the Faculty of Kinesiology. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Wamsley has received teaching awards at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and at Western University.
From August 2019 to July 2020, Dr Wamsly served as Interim President of StFX University, during which time he led StFX's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to coming to StFX, Dr. Wamsley spent nearly a decade in significant administrative service at Western where he was Associate Dean (Programs), Faculty of Health Sciences. His contributions at Western were wide-ranging. He served as Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences; Director, International Centre for Olympic Studies; Chair of the Steering Committee on Academic Processes and Systems; Chair of Western’s Working Group on Information Security; and was a member of various committees including the Campus Master Plan and Honorary Degrees Committees. He was one of architects of the First Nations student transition program, also Western 1010, a transition program for first year students, and he created Living Well at Western, a campus-wide faculty and staff wellness program.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the history of the Olympic Games, Dr. Wamsley has also conducted research into 19thcentury Canadian sport, men’s and women’s violence, and the organization of gender relations through sport. He has served as president of the North American Society for Sport History and as Senior Editor of OLYMPIKA: The International Journal of Olympic Studies. He has authored or edited over 100 peer-reviewed publications and several books. Dr. Wamsley is often asked to provide expert commentary on the Olympic movement, and has been interviewed nearly 1,500 times for various media publications/broadcasts, including CTV, Global, CBC, BBC, CNN, New York Times, Times of London, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2003, he was called to testify before the United States Congressional Executive Commission on China and asked to provide input on how the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games would impact human rights in China.