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Kathryn Laurin, Camosun College New President

The Board of Governors of Camosun College is pleased to announce the hiring of a new President, Kathryn Laurin, taking the place of Liz Ashton who is retiring at the end of June. Kathryn, who is currently President and Vice Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, will assume her new role on the first of September, 2009. “With a 25–year career as a professor, senior academic administrator and professional musician, Laurin will bring a wealth of experience and ability to the position,” says Camosun Board Chair Robin Adair.

In addition to her current role as President and Vice Chancellor which she has held for the past three years, Laurin’s academic background includes a professorship in the University’s Faculty of Education. Prior to moving to Mount Saint Vincent, she served as Acting Vice–President Administration at the University of Regina, assuming that position following a five year term as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts. She also served as Acting Chair and then Chair of the Department of Music there for five years prior to that and continued to teach throughout her tenure.

Kathryn Laurin, Camosun College's New President

Having begun her post–secondary education at Vanier College in Montreal, she went on to achieve a Bachelor of Music with Distinction at McGill University, a Master of Music with Distinction in Choral Conducting at Indiana University and subsequently attended the Hochschule fur Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. She continues to perform, teach and volunteer in the arts community, working with numerous music and fine arts organizations.

Kathryn was a Women of Distinction Award recipient for Arts and Culture in 2001 and has just been named one of Atlantic Business Magaziner’s 2009 Top 50 CEOs. Her community involvement includes having been Chair of the Post–Secondary Division of the United Way of Halifax, a member of the Heart Truth Council (a division of the National Heart and Stroke Foundation), and a member of the Scotia Festival, Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Film Boards.

“I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team of such a highly–respected, dynamic, student–focussed and community–minded college”, Laurin says, “and my husband, Read Jorgensen, and I are looking forward very much to becoming involved in this wonderful community.”

For more information:
Robin Adair
Chair, Camosun College Board of Governors
250–370–3409

Last updated: May 20, 2009 2:02 pm

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