New principal at Northern Lights College

DAWSON CREEK, BC – Jim Kassen, president of Northern Lights College, has announced the appointment of Howard Mayer to the position of principal of the Dawson Creek campus. Mayer replaces Bob Davidson, who retired recently. Mayer came to Northern Lights College in 2002, as assistant principal of the Dawson Creek campus.w

Mayer’s career began in Grande Prairie as a millwright/machinist in the forest industry and later as a pressure Welder in a pulp mill. “Working as a tradesman in the forest and oil and gas industries has given me first hand experience in what skills are required to perform in industry,” said Mayer.

“My career path hasn’t been all that typical, but it’s been tremendously rewarding. I have a passion to see young people succeed in rewarding careers and that’s why I’ve spent the last 28 years in the post-secondary education environment.” Mayer was instrumental in developing Career Technical Centers and other enabling models for secondary school students. “One of my goals is to see many more Grade 12 students in full time studies on post-secondary campuses.”

Mayer holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Educational Administration, and thrives on partnerships between educational providers. Before coming to Northern Lights College, he was Assistant dean of trades and technology at University College of the Cariboo.

Mayer grew up in nearby Wembley, Alberta, and says he’s pleased to be back. “My wife and I are delighted to be back in the area. We’re from here originally and our families are all nearby, including the grandkids. This has been a wonderful move for us.”