RDC Board of Governors announces search for next President
Joel Ward, President & CEO, will retire at end of 2019
RDC’s Board of Governors held a special announcement event today, sharing that current President & CEO, Joel Ward, has submitted to the Board his letter of intent to retire in 2019.
“Joel Ward has been in his role as since 2009, and he has always been and continues to be a passionate advocate for Red Deer College,” says Morris Flewwelling, Board Chair. “As a Board, we have known the day would come when he would share his intention to retire, and we have accepted his letter.”
Flewwelling notes that the Board of Governors will now move on to one of its most important functions in the selection and hiring of a new President. The Board has hired an executive search firm, Leaders International, to assist with the process. “We have started developing a profile for the next President, which will be the foundational document in our search,” says Flewwelling. “It’s very important for us that this is an inclusive and comprehensive process. In the immediate future, we will seek the input of internal and external stakeholders to help determine what qualities, skills, attributes and characteristics prospective candidates should possess.”
This feedback will be used to finalize the profile document. Once this is complete, the Board anticipates it will take several months to connect with potential candidates. The Board’s long-term goal is to have an individual in place for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, and to celebrate the installation of RDC’s 11th President in the fall of 2019.
While this is happening, the College will continue with its incredibly busy and exciting year under the leadership of Joel Ward. Flewwelling notes that the achievements and the evolution that the College has realized is the result of Ward’s unwavering, future-focused vision for RDC. This vision has enabled the College to reach many milestones, including new and expanded facilities, new program growth, new partnership and hosting opportunities, and the transition to become a recognized university.
“This is certainly a time of growth and opportunities unlike anything Red Deer College has seen before, and it is possible because of the dedicated team we have here,” says Ward. “Through the extensive planning that has been undertaken and the expertise of the people who are leading the way and doing the work each and every day, I’m confident that this institution will continue to change the lives of our students and community members in profound ways. I’m so proud of everything we have already accomplished, and I look forward to leading the College through the coming year and celebrating our achievements with central Alberta.”
RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You
This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward
Because of You
This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.
As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.
Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.
Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.
Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.
Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.
I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.
I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.
I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.
Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.
It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.
It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.
It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.
Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC
Still a few spots left at RDC Summer Camp “experiences”
From RDC: RDC’s Summer Camps open new doors of possibilities for youth and teens
Red Deer College is welcoming youth and teens from across Alberta as they participate in more than 40 exciting and interactive Summer Camps on campus. The camps will be offered from July 2 until August 23, and there are opportunities covering a vast range of interests for participants ranging from 6 to 19 years old.
For the artistically inclined, SummerScapes is a comprehensive visual arts workshop that gives teens a chance to work with professional artists and study the core subjects of drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics.
From July 8 to 13, film students, video game designers and animation students will tell their stories as they work side-by-side with some of Alberta’s finest actors, filmmakers, programmers and instructors. In Film Camp, murder mystery films will be explored, as students learn how to produce, direct, shoot, write, act and edit their own short movies.
The teen camp, Video Game Design, allows students to collaborate with programmers and artists to create their own video games through writing and design. Students will learn story and character development, production, strategy and level designs, along with scripting, animation and more.
The Amination camp encourages teens to tell stories using Maya, the industry standard for high-end 3D computer animation, effects, and modelling. Students progress through motion and rendering exercises and finish with a collection of animations of their own design.
RDC also has a variety of youth camps, including URockGirl, which uses science and engineering to create fun hands-on projects like henna and mood bracelets. Other activity-based science camps include Junior Imagineers, which gives youth the opportunity to combine science and the power of the mind to learn magic tricks and techniques from a real magician.
Youth inspired to get cooking will appreciate Junior Chefs, where they get to use real industrial kitchens. Campers will learn cooking and baking techniques from Red Seal chefs, developing skills that will last a lifetime.
Those interested in many of the Sports camps, including basketball, conditioning, squash, sport academy and volleyball, will enjoy the world-class facilities in RDC’s vibrant and inclusive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Spots are still available in a variety of camps throughout the summer. For a complete list of camps and to register, visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.
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