RDC Board of Governors announces search for next President

Date posted: 
Thu, 09/13/2018
Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO, and Morris Flewwelling, RDC Board Chair

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 President & CEO 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.”

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For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman    
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate