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September 5, 2012

Keyano College appoints new Vice President, Academic

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Keyano College is pleased to welcome Catherine Koch MEd, MPhil, CA to their senior leadership team.  She will be joining the College as Vice President, Academic (“VPA”) on October 1.

Ms. Koch has more than 20 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in post-secondary institutions. Most recently, she was Dean of SAIT’s School of Business, Associate Vice President at Conestoga College, and, Head of Instruction at Al Ain Women’s College in the federally-funded Higher Colleges of Technology system of the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Koch has had experience with a wide range of academic disciplines as well as with multiple levels of academic credentialing including certificates, diplomas, higher diplomas and degrees. 

John Wilson, Chair, Keyano College Board of Governors, says that “Catherine has both the credentials and experience that we were looking for in our next Vice President, Academic. In addition to her significant academic qualifications, she has professional qualifications as she is also a Chartered Accountant with field experience. She was also born in the North so she also has a good idea of what northern life and culture is all about which is significant when it comes to creating and maintaining the appropriate program and service mix at a regional college.”

Dr. Kevin Nagel, President & CEO, Keyano College, said he couldn’t be more pleased with the appointment of Ms. Koch as Vice President, Academic.

“Catherine’s extensive experience will enable her to make a meaningful contribution to the many challenges currently facing decision-makers at Keyano. While enhancing the quality of Keyano’s deliverables will be her top priority, she understands the importance of broadening our program and service mix to meet growing regional needs. Her reputation is as a trusted collaborator with faculty and staff which is exactly what Keyano needs as we continue to align our resources in accordance with regional demand and Alberta Enterprise & Advanced Education and Board of Governors-approved initiatives that are outlined in the four-year Comprehensive Institutional Plan. I expect that Catherine will have a significant effect on both the breadth and quality of our programs and services going forward,” Dr. Nagel notes.

Ms. Koch will be moving from Calgary along with her husband who works in the energy sector in north-eastern Alberta. She says that her first priority will be to meet and get to know her faculty and staff and then look for opportunities to contribute to the delivery of quality programming as well as the strategic direction of the College. As a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Ms. Koch will also be seeking to expand and improve on Keyano’s Aboriginal program initiatives.  

“Initially, I will want to get to know the faculty and staff so that I am better able to understand and respond to their needs, so that together, we can better meet the needs of our students as well as the NE population we serve. I am also anxious to meet members of the Wood Buffalo community and to forge even closer relationships with them as part of Keyano’s on-going transformation,” she said.

A strong advocate of life-long learning, Ms. Koch is looking to introduce professional credential completion courses in business (accounting, finance, marketing, management and HR) as well as in purchasing, project management and other accredited program areas. She is also looking forward to working with Alberta College of Art and Design and the new Arts Council Wood Buffalo to ensure a rich cultural range of courses are delivered at Keyano College.

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