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New Confederation College president visits


Confederation College looks like it will continue to be in good hands, as new president Patricia Lange steps up in a position left vacant after former prez Roy Murray retired earlier this year.

“I was thrilled to become president,” said Lange during a mix & mingle at La Place Rendez-Vous last Wednesday.

“The college is well-recognized for being innovative and entrepreneurial. And it is know for maintaining good relationships with other facilities to provide the best education possible,” she added.

Lange has much experience at the college-level, acting as vice-president of academic and student services at Georgian College. She has had 15 years as an educator in both Quebec and Ontario at four different colleges.

Now based out of Confederation College’s main campus in Thunder Bay, Lange was in town as part of her three-day tour of regional campuses across Northwestern Ontario, including Dryden, Kenora, Marathon, Geraldton, Sioux Lookout, and of course, here—which Lange noted she was quite impressed with.

“The campus is absolutely beautiful. It should act as a role model for the rest of our campuses around the rest of the province,” she remarked.

Lange added she liked the cooperation between the campus here and Fort High, in areas such as use of the FFHS tech shops. “It’s pretty rare to see a relationship like that,” she said.

Lange met with new president Ian Simpson that day, as well as with Rainy River Community College staff, with whom the college here also has dealings.

College manager Don Lovisa wished Lange well in her new position. “We’re very pleased to see her spend time to come here so early in her tenure—so see come see our what our operation is like, and how it works,” he noted.

In related news, Lovisa mentioned the college here is expecting one of its greatest enrollment ever this fall. Also, the college will be looking to expand its operation through building more working relationships in the area. “One of the newer issues for us is to try and establish a link between RRCC and CC,” he said.

“We’re always looking to move forward, and we’re hoping our vision, and [Lange’s] vision results in more expanded programming for the college,” added Lovisa.

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