Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Coast Mountain College set to launch search for new President as Ken Burt prepares to step down

There's more change coming to the administration offices at Coast Mountain College, with word today of the pending departure of College President and CEO Ken Burt.

In an information release today, Coast Mountain College announced that Mr. Burt's term of office will come to an end on September 20, 2019, he will be returning to Nova Scotia to be with his wife and family.

“The five years I have enjoyed at Coast Mountain College have been a remarkable experience. I’m excited to be spending more time with my family, but I’m also going to miss my team here. I leave knowing the College is led by a strong Board of Governors and an extremely capable leadership team both who have worked very hard to move our agenda forward to better serve the learners of our region. We also have an outstanding staff and faculty at the College who ensure that through nurturing our students we build better citizens and communities.”

Coast Mountain College President
and CEO Ken Burt will bring his
five years of service in the NW
to an end in September
Coast Mountain College Board Chair Nicole Halbauer, paid tribute to his work of the last five years as part of today's announcement.

“During Ken’s time as President, the College has become sustainable and is well set up to continue the fantastic progress that has been made over the past five years. Ken is an innovative and visionary leader in the post-secondary sector. I am confident he will continue to influence new thinking not just in northern BC, but across the province and the country.”

Coast Mountain College saw some significant changes in focus, through the five years of his term of office.

Starting with the change in name, and the decision to shift from the long standing identification of the Northwest Community College brand, bringing about the introduction of Coast Mountain College which took place in the summer of 2018.

During Mr Burt's time as well, the College also began an ambitious program of attracting International students, with the three main campus locations of Terrace, Smithers and Prince Rupert all seeing increasing numbers of students from  a number of countries arriving to pursue their education.

That shift in focus was also highlighted as part of today's notice of upcoming change for the start of the 2019-2020 programs.

Ken leaves Coast Mountain College uniquely well positioned for the future, with a sustainable financial position, campus renewal well under way and a relevant and authentic strategic plan that was developed with input from staff, faculty and the community. 

By developing this plan, together with its new brand and name, Ken has ensured that Coast Mountain College is well situated to go forward, to grow and to become the College of choice for experiential, place-based learning.

More on the departure can be reviewed here.

The main campus out of Terrace is not the only location that will have seen some significant moves take place this year as they head towards September classes;  as we noted last month, the Prince Rupert campus has already seen some major changes take place.

First with the departure of Mr. Jose Areekadan for Thomson Rivers University in Kamloops, as well as the relocation to the Lower mainland for long time educator and Dean of Instruction Pouyan Maboubi, both brought their time with Coast Mountain to an end during the spring.

Just now taking his place at the Prince Rupert campus is Mr. Matt Adolphe, who has taken on the duties of Associate Dean of Business, Access Education and Fine Arts, he joined the Coast Mountain College roster on Monday, with his first day on the job set for the start of August.

For more items of note about Coast Mountain College see our archive page here.

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