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November 16, 2012

Lethbridge College Appoints New President and CEO

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Lethbridge College’s Board of Governors announced today that Dr. Paula Burns has been appointed President and CEO of the college. Dr. Burns will assume the role effective Feb. 4, 2013.
Currently serving as Provost and Vice President Academic at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta, Dr. Burns has spent more than ten years in post-secondary leadership roles. Her earlier work included positions in teaching and curriculum development. With a wealth of experience developing government relationships and building strong community partnerships, she will be an excellent advocate for the college. (See attached biography for more information.)
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Paula Burns to the role of President and CEO of Lethbridge College,” says Board of Directors Chair Randy Jespersen. “The board firmly believes Dr. Burns is an outstanding candidate to boldly lead Lethbridge College to the next level of aspiration and achievement. We look forward to working with her to lead Lethbridge College into its sixth decade.”
The announcement culminates a seven-month international search undertaken by a search committee comprised of current and past board members and the executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. Dr. Burns will succeed Dr. Tracy L. Edwards, who announced her resignation in April 2012, and Peter Leclaire, who has been serving as Interim President and CEO since Edwards’ departure June 30.
“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to join Lethbridge College at this exciting time,” says Dr. Burns. “With its differentiated mix of programs, opportunities for applied research and innovation, and strong commitment to serve the needs of the learner, the economy and society, Lethbridge College is positioned to take bold steps in preparing learners as future leaders.”

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