February 5, 2016 5:30 pm

Ray Ivany to leave post as Acadia University president 2 years early

Acadia University president Ray Ivany in Halifax on Feb. 12, 2014.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

The president of Acadia University says he will step down two years ahead of schedule.

Ray Ivany, who took time off following a heart attack in October, will leave the role in June 2017.

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He said in a statement on Friday that his decision was “one of the most difficult” of his life.

Ivany added that his recent health issues have caused him to reflect on how he needs to shape his life, and retiring earlier than planned is the first step.

In 2012, the NDP government created a commission to investigate how to build a better economy for Nova Scotia, with Ivany as its chair.

Two years later, Ivany led the panel in authoring a report that suggested Nova Scotia would endure prolonged economic decline unless government took drastic action.

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