Keyano College has found their President and CEO and it’s a familiar face everyone working for the College will recognize.
Dr. Tracy Edwards, who has been serving as interim President since February, has officially removed the interim tag and will take the role permanently, according to a release from Keyano College this morning.
“This fall I look forward to engaging our community as we develop Keyano College’s new Comprehensive Institutional Plan,” said Edwards. “Working together, we will deliver high quality post-secondary education and will be a resource to the community as the region rebuilds.”
Edwards isn’t new to the experience of working post-secondary, having done so in Canada and the United States. She served as President and CEO of Lethbridge College, from 2005 – 2012, where she was responsible for over 15,000 students and 800 staff. She also held the same position at Lakeland College.
In Lethbridge, she was hard at work as the college launched a new student residence, saw a significant growth in institutional reserves, changed institutional governance to be more inclusive as well as collaborative, and brought in a new Trades, Technology and Innovation Centre, funded by the Province for $55 million.
She spent three years in Orlando Florida where she was the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Learning Officer at Valencia College. She has also worked at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, and at Nova Scotia Community College.
In her travels with work she has won numerous awards including the YWCA Woman of Distinction, a key to the City of Lethbridge and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Alberta Chapter, back in 2012.
Kara Flynn, Chair of the Keyano College Board of Governors says her leadership over the past several months has proven more than enough, that she can lead Keyano College.
“Her commitment to the College has brought stability during a tumultuous time. The Board recognizes this stability is crucial for our organization to move forward as we recover from the wildfire and the economic challenges that preceded it.”
Edwards new position won’t become effective until September 1st.