Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Presidents of new community colleges sought (10/02/02)

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Feb. 2, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will shortly be advertising for the positions of presidents for each of the two new community college corporations being established. The call for candidates reflects changes that will be made to the community college system in the near future.

The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has retained Caldwell Partners International, an executive recruitment agency, to identify potential candidates. The department is undertaking this process on behalf of the two community college corporations to ensure potential candidates are identified in a timely fashion. Advertisements will be published locally and nationally later this week.

"On behalf of the new community college corporations, we are seeking visionaries - persons who embrace change and understand the success that it can generate," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "The government is confident that the transformation of our community colleges will benefit the entire post-secondary education sector in New Brunswick."

Caldwell Partners International will work with each community college corporation to identify candidates with solid leadership experience in post-secondary education and with a proven record of leading complex organizations through significant change.

The government will introduce an act establishing the community college corporations in the legislative assembly in the near future As announced in the recent speech from the throne and in the document Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, the goal is to create a modern, autonomous community college system that respects the bilingual nature of the province.

To ensure the autonomy of the community colleges, the anglophone community college corporation and the francophone community college corporation will each have a board of governors. Each board will have the mandate to choose its respective president, who will be responsible to lead each community college corporation.


MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.