Office of the President


Dr. Shawn W. Flynn serves as the 19th President of St. Joseph’s College, and the first lay president in the College’s history.

Flynn comes with a diverse set of experiences across Canada in Catholic Higher Education. He currently sits on the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada, serves as ex Officio on the Board of Newman Theological College, and sits on the General Faculties Council at the University of Alberta.

Flynn has served SJC since 2017 as the Academic Dean, then Vice President (Academic), and as the Interim President of SJC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Flynn earned his PhD at the University of Toronto, in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and specializes in the formation of Israelite beliefs during the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE). Flynn has produced three monographs and one edited collection with publishers such as Brill, Oxford University Press, and Routledge.

An advocate of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the conversations between faith and the public sphere, Flynn joins SJC at the heart of the University of Alberta to promote the Liberal Arts through a Catholic lens in which students can explore religion, faith, and the common good for their own development and the uplifting of society.