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June 9, 2011

ARDN Board Member, Jason Dewling, Becomes Vice President, Academic and Research at Olds College

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ARDN is pleased to announce that Jason Dewling will become the new Vice President, Academic and Research of Olds College on July 4, 2011.

“We are excited to see someone like Jason, so involved with ARDN, moving into this new role,” says ARDN’s Executive Director Dee Ann Benard. “ARDN continues to benefit from his input and involvement.”

Jason started out with ARDN as a key contact between the organization and Lakeland College. He was the Chair of the Community and Institutional Engagement team then became a member of the Board of Directors and emceed both ARDN’s Creating Rural Connections conferences in 2010 and 2011.  Jason has also been involved with a research project on post-secondary leadership with the support of ARDN.

“Dr. Jason Dewling is a highly regarded educator, but moreover, a highly energetic and visionary leader of people,” says Dr. Tom Thompson, Olds College President, another member of ARDN’s Board. “Dr. Dewling has a very entrepreneurial and creative approach that will continue to enhance Olds College’s agile approach in this regard.”

“I am so excited to join a strong leadership team at Olds College and contribute to the ongoing success of the institution,” says Jason. “Our family is thrilled to be moving to Olds and we are looking forward to being involved in the community. When I visited the campus and community, I was struck by the level of pride, integrity, and enthusiasm of the people. I look forward to serving in this new role so that I can support these people in innovation, creativity, and excellence.”

Jason has also been invited to join the International Advisory Board for “The Chair Academy” based in Mesa, Arizona.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, member institutions, and staff, ARDN’s Chair Rick Neidig, would like to extend congratulations to Jason.

For more information about Jason Dewling, read his profile in the Rural Connector. To view the original news release from Olds College, click here.

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