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Acting president bids fond farewell to colleagues

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In the relatively short time span of five months, Rubidge became a popular and well-liked interim leader who delighted in engaging with all levels of the organization by welcoming feedback on operations through an open door policy.

Rubidge said he had the usual plans for retirement such as travel with his wife to destinations they would like to cross of their vacation bucket list in addition to having more time to enjoy with their grandchildren, but added that since he is always interested in social policy, he would continue to keep his hand in government policy making.

“I won’t be going completely cold turkey as I will be chairing the Province’s Degree Quality Assessment Board for a few more months, and I will also act as Vice Chair of the Ontario Colleges quality assessment services, which will keep me engaged for a year or so,” he said.

The College hosted a farewell gathering for Rubidge on the Dawson Creek Campus in Energy House, which was catered by the students in the Professional Cook program.

“Really world-class food!” said Rubidge. “Chef French and his students as well as all the organizers and the Board put on a lovely event. I am most appreciative, and it was a nice way to finish my stint here.

“I do see tremendous opportunity ahead for NLC, and as I have said before I think it is clear that this College serves a very real and urgent need in the region. I will be watching with great interest to hear news of exciting further developments at the College,” he said.

New President and CEO Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki joins NLC on April 1st.