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Loyalist appoints new president/CEO

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan has been selected as the next president and chief executive officer of Loyalist College.

The appointment was approved unanimously by the Board of Governors said June Hagerman, chairman. “The board selection committee conducted a wide search across Canada. Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan will be joining us from Newfoundland and Labrador, where she has an impressive background (25 years experience) in post-secondary education in both university and college environments.”

She is to begin her position at Loyalist on Nov. 7th, replacing former president Maureen Piercy, who retired on Aug. 31st. Dianne Spencer is acting as Interim President.

Vaughan was president and CEO for the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2011-2016. The college consists of 17 campuses, an annual budget of $140 million, 9,000 full and part-time students, 17,000 continuing education students and 1,200 employees. She was recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada in 2015.

“Dr. Vaughan is described as a very high energy, tireless, committed leader in her efforts in putting student success first. She continuously champions the needs of Aboriginal students, students with special needs, and first generation students,” said Hagerman in a news release. “During her tenure at the College of the North Atlantic, she was responsible for significant revenue generating activities through both domestic and international student enrolment, contract training, distance and online learning. The Board of Governors looks forward to Dr. Vaughan’s leadership as the College moves into its 50th year of serving our region.”

Prior, Vaughan was the Director for Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Memorial University, serving in that role from 2001-2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University; certificates in Public Administration and Business from Memorial University; a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters certificate in Project Management from York University/ Memorial University. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Calgary.

In her spare time Ann Marie enjoys gardening and is an active community volunteer.

“I am delighted to join the Loyalist College team in the beautiful Quinte region,” said Vaughan. “Loyalist is a highly regarded institution with wonderful faculty, staff and students as well as tremendous board leadership and community support. My husband John Oliver and I look forward to living in the Quinte region, along with our daughter Kathleen.”

“The board of governors sincerely appreciates and recognizes the strong leadership that Interim President Dianne Spencer has provided during this period of transition,” said Hagerman.

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