Message from Dan Patterson: Teresa Quinlin to retire

Teresa QuinlinIt is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of Teresa Quinlin, vice-president – Business Development, after a very successful career at Niagara College. Teresa’s retirement is effective at the end of December.

Teresa has approached all of her roles with tremendous enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and professionalism. As a strong ambassador for Niagara College, Teresa worked tirelessly to advance our college’s goals and objectives and to foster an environment of collegiality.   

During her tenure, Teresa has been responsible for significant transformation initiatives. She led the $90-million-dollar Master Plan – the largest capital expansion in the College’s history. Completed in 2011, the project included the construction of new buildings, renovations of existing space, the introduction of green technologies and a total naturalization of campus grounds. The expansion was achieved on schedule and within budget.

Teresa most recently led a major integrated planning process, Transform NC, to help position Niagara College to keep pace with change in postsecondary education while meeting the College’s key strategic objectives. Teresa was instrumental in developing a continuous improvement framework that will assist the College for years to come.

As vice-president of Corporate Services and director of Finance, Teresa led, and was responsible for the College’s $140-million budget. Her proven financial acumen and her skills in fiscal planning have contributed to the College’s success and financial viability.

As the co-chair of Niagara College’s Sustainability Committee, she championed environmental initiatives that helped Niagara College achieve most of its sustainability targets while creating a culture of sustainability awareness among students and staff.

Teresa also contributed significantly to provincial initiatives including the Funding Review Committee, the Consolidation Committee, the Financial Information Committee, and she is a member of the Ontario Colleges Library Service Board. She also effectively represented the College locally on the Leadership Niagara Board, the YMCA Niagara Board and the Niagara Community Investment Committee; she was the chair of the Niagara College United Way committee on three separate occasions, and she founded the Niagara College Toastmasters Club. Teresa’s outstanding contributions were recognized with the Niagara College Administrative Award of Excellence and the Ontario Colleges Distinguished Administrator Award. 

Please join me in wishing Teresa well in her retirement and future endeavours.  We will be planning a reception for Teresa prior to her departure – details will follow.

Dan Patterson, Ph.D.

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