DAWSON CREEK, BC — The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of D. Jean Valgardson to the position of president of Northern Lights College. ?The Board is delighted with the outcome of our presidential search. It is a great pleasure to announce the appointment of such a strong candidate,? said Board chair, Kate O?Neil. ?We feel Ms. Valgardson brings sensitivity and exceptional experience to this position.?
Ms. Valgardson comes to NLC from Lethbridge Community College (LCC), Alberta, where she was vice president of curriculum and instruction. Ms. Valgardson began her career in the field of nursing before moving into post-secondary education, first as an instructor and then as associate dean of nursing and health sciences at LCC. She has also served as dean of natural and social sciences, and dean of science and technology at LCC.
She brings a strong background in post secondary leadership, and considers herself an innovator and advocate for post secondary education and for educators. Ms. Valgardson has extensive experience as a member of post secondary educational task teams and committees at the institutional and ministerial level in both BC and Alberta, as well as many years of service on professional boards and committees. She has a strong record of commitment to the community through her volunteer work with organizations such as the YWCA.