The changing context for colleges within Ontario means that we need to continue to focus our efforts on creating an exceptional student experience and position ourselves for the future through robust planning and operational excellence. With my new portfolio of Academic and Learner Services now in place, I wish to announce some changes and outline processes I will be undertaking in the coming months.
To help us address some of the key change initiatives and provide leadership to the integrated student services model, David Veres has been acting associate vice president since last spring. I want to take advantage of David’s significant experience and the momentum he has created, so I have asked David to remain in a new on-going role as Associate VP Academic and Learner Services. He will continue to work across the new Academic and Learner Services portfolio to support the development of the integrated service model and to advance the college’s strategic goals.
Carolyn Triemstra has agreed to continue as the acting dean of Community and Health Studies until a search for a new dean is concluded. We have seconded Eva Lemak ito the role of associate dean, Allied Health. I have great confidence in Carolyn, Eva and the rest of the team to continue to move the agenda forward in this very important division.
I have asked Rick Anderson to oversee Co-op Education and Graduate Employment Services as we continue the development of our new services model, as I found myself unable to provide the level of support that they deserved. The intent is to ensure that support is available to the staff as needed and to provide clear communication lines as we enter a very busy time of year for these staff. Rick will continue to be a great resource in ensuring that the service model is widely discussed within the departments.
Over the next several weeks we will be meeting to move forward our vision for new, more integrated services to support our students. Over the past several weeks we have focussed on those areas that are most directly impacted by the Capital Vision 2016, in order to ensure that changes to facilities reinforce the administrative changes we are proposing. We will now be having discussions on the balance of the areas and developing appropriate plans for each area for implementation over the next year and to serve as inputs in to the new strategic planning process.
My involvement with the many discussions over the past months related to program and service enhancements leaves me convinced that our combined knowledge will allow us to move forward successfully. I look forward to engaging with everyone to ensure that we draw on the knowledge and experience of the team in our discussions.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Vice President, Academic and Learner Services