Nova Scotia’s Deputy Minister of Education has announced his resignation to become acting president of St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.

The Fredericton-based university announced yesterday Dennis Cochrane will become its interim president and vice-chancellor as of January.

Cochrane was Nova Scotia's deputy minister of education for 10 years. He’ll resign officially on Jan. 18.


Andrea Seymour, chairwoman of St. Thomas University's board of governors, says Cochrane brings a wealth of education and administrative experience to the job

The university says the appointment will be until July 1, 2011, when a president and vice chancellor is expected to be in place.

Cochrane succeeds Michael Higgins, who resigned in August to write two books and a documentary series, as well as conduct research in the field of Catholic higher education.