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Augy Jones named principal for NSCC Akerley Campus

Jan. 31, 2022 – Media Release

Dartmouth, N.S. – After a lengthy search, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has announced its new Akerley Campus principal. Agassou (Augy) Jones, the Executive Lead for Inclusive Education at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, will join the College on February 14, 2022.

The son of award-winning, civil-rights activists Rocky and Joan Jones, Augy is an experienced educational leader with Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education from St. Francis University (STFX). As a student, Augy was an avid basketball player. He played for the X-Men for five years and was named an Academic All-Canadian. He would serve as head coach for the X-Women in later years.

After completing his undergraduate degrees, Augy taught for more than two decades in classrooms from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia. He also held leadership positions with the Province of Nova Scotia and STFX — including Director of the African Canadian Services Branch for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Augy drew on these experiences for his master’s degree, during which he explored the experiences of Black students in rural parts of the province.

Through his consulting firm, Empathize Others Consulting Services, Augy works to demonstrate the value of embracing human difference and help his clients understand that relationship-building and reconciliation are the way to achieve a just society. His professional development sessions spark conversations around the intersectionality of race, class, ability and gender in society — with a particular focus on historical marginalization, power, privilege and empathy.

“Augy is a truly inspired choice for Principal of our Akerley Campus,” says Lynn Hartwell, Vice President for Campus and Communities. “He’s an exceptionally-talented leader who has long stood out for his unwavering commitment to broadening conversations on race, inclusion, equity and education. Augy brings a depth of knowledge and experience with him that the College will greatly benefit from.”

Greg Russell, who has been acting in the role since 2020, will continue to serve as Principal for NSCC IT Campus.

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 130 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 91% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 90% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For more information

Kathleen Cameron, Manager of External Relations, NSCC