Confederation College has named Kathleen Lynch as their new president, just ahead of the 2018-2019 school year. Lynch will take over for departing Jim Madder in September.

Lynch has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience in health care, human services and education. She joins Confederation College having been the Vice President of Rehabilitative Care at St. Joseph’s Care Group since January of 2014.

“I am excited to carry forward the focus on innovation and collaboration, in offering successful programs that meet the needs of students and employers alike,” Lynch said, in a prepared release.

Her past experience also includes five years as the Dean of the School of Health and Community Services at Confederation College following additional years as faculty, and roles with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Canadian Hearing Society.

“I thank the Board of Governors for this opportunity and look forward to working together with the students, Board, faculty and staff to continue Confederation’s tradition of excellence in education with a uniquely northern perspective,” Lynch added.

Lynch holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.

Following 6.5 years as President, Madder will be leaving his post next month, opposed to the original date of December 31, 2018. Madder informed Confederation College’s Board of Governors of his decision in January.

“It was one of the most amazing experiences to see all of these amazing people, all of the unique campuses, all of the unique communities, all dedicated to see the success of young people. They’re all heartfelt and truly supportive of the community. It’s been fantastic. Closing this chapter is scary, but exciting,” Madder said at Dryden’s graduating ceremonies in June.

Madder was appointed as Confederation College’s fifth President on July 1, 2011. He was renewed for a second five-year term in 2016. 

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