Vancouver Community College names Peter Nunoda as next president

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      Vancouver Community College has picked Peter Nunoda to fill its president's office.

      Nunoda, who starts the job on August 18, comes to VCC from Northern Lights College in northern B.C., where he served as vice president, academic and research.

      “It is an honour to have this opportunity to lead a college so well known for its strong roots in the community and its diverse range of access and career programs,” Nunoda said in a VCC news release issued today (June 20). “As a community college, VCC plays a unique role in post-secondary education, providing accessible pathways for many students looking to get into the job market, or to further their education. I look forward to strengthening and guiding the college during this time of renewal and opportunity.”

      According to the release, Nunoda has 27 years of experience in postsecondary education, having held positions at the University College of the North and the University of Manitoba.

      “On behalf of the VCC Board of Governors, I am so pleased to welcome Peter to the VCC leadership team,” Eugene Hodgson, chair of the VCC board of governors, said in the release. “His broad range of experience and commitment to student success, accessibility, and quality make Peter the right individual to lead VCC at this critical time. We are confident that under Peter’s leadership, VCC will continue to build on its achievements and move forward with renewed focus.”

      Nunoda succeeds interim president Irene Young. Former VCC president Kathy Kinloch took over the top job at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in January.

      Established in 1965, VCC hosts over 20,000 students a year at its Broadway and downtown campuses.

      The college has recently seen protests over government funding cuts to ESL programs.