Message from Dan Patterson: Organizational Updates

Dan PattersonAs we begin to celebrate the arrival of summer, I want to update you on some organizational matters.

I want to thank Mike Trojan for his work as interim vice president, administration for a seven-month period which concluded last month.  Mike was of great assistance in working with Information Technology Services (ITS), Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Parking and Security and Facilities Management Services (FMS).  His assistance allowed Teresa Quinlin to focus on establishing our Capital Vision 2016 and TransformNC initiatives.

With Mike concluding his work with Niagara College, Teresa has returned to her role of vice president, corporate services while she continues to oversee the Capital Vision 2016 and TransformNC initiatives.  Teresa will also be coordinating the recruitment of a new Director of FMS and a project manager for our Capital Vision 2016 projects.

To assist Teresa, I am happy to welcome Patrick Robson as interim director of FMS. Patrick will be with Niagara College on a four month contract while the search is conducted for a permanent Director of FMS.  Patrick has over 15 years of senior management experience which includes managing significant projects. Active in the Niagara region community, Patrick is past Chair of the YMCA Niagara and was recently with the Region of Niagara as the commissioner of integrated community planning.

I would also like to welcome Bob Diakow, recently retired chief information officer from the Region of Niagara, who has joined us for the next three months to assist ITS with the advancement and implementation of ITS’s priorities.  Bob has over 25 years of senior management experience and will be a great asset to the ITS department.

Finally, I wanted to confirm some reporting responsibilities.  Planning and Institutional Research department will report to Corporate Services while the Marketing and Communications department will now report to Student and External Relations.

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