Algonquin College President Kent MacDonald resigns

Algonquin College President and CEO Kent MacDonald is resigning.

He'll be moving back to his native Nova Scotia, where he will become president of St. Francis Xavier University.

"I can tell you that it's going to be extremely exciting for me to take on this role and I do thank the selection committee for their confidence in their candidacy," said MacDonald Friday during his swearing in ceremony at the Antigonish-based university.

"Before I do go much further though, I do think it's appropriate, and I do feel compelled to, in a very brief, but public way, to recognize my colleagues at Algonquin College in Ottawa," MacDonald added. "It has been a tremendous 16 years for me. We have seen a tremendous growth working very closely with our faculty and our staff, almost doubling enrolment over that period of time."

MacDonald is resigning from Algonquin effective July 31st. He was named President and CEO in 2012.

"Since taking over the helm, Kent has delivered on all fronts, helping the College move forward on its vision of being a global leader in digitally connected, applied education and training," said Jim McIntosh, the chair of Algonquin's board of governors in a release.

The College's Board of Governors will work with the senior management in order to ensure the leadership transition proceeds as smoothly as possible.

"On behalf of the entire Algonquin College community we congratulate Kent on his appointment and wish him the very best as he heads 'home'," added McIntosh.

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