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Algonquin names first female president

Algonquin College has named its first female president.

Cheryl Jensen was a vice president at Mohawk College in Hamilton.

She says she's looking forward to making her mark at the College.

"A legacy for me is a strong college with good relationships and a strong foundation of excellent faculty and staff," she said. "I'm a relationship building, and I know that that will continue."

"I'm not a president that looks to buildings for a legacy, but it's the people, it's the strength of the people who work here and serve the community that I'll be focusing on," she added.

Jensen said she is looking forward to expanding partnerships for skilled trades, like the one Algonquin currently has with Hydro One.

She also wanted to make changes to ensure that the College is serving the greater community.

"I've understood from some meetings that there are pockets of under-served students or young people in this area and I have great expertise and how we build programs to make sure that everybody sees post-secondary as part of their future," she said. "That's one area that I think we can start working on right away."

Jensen is the eighth president in Alqonguin's history and will officially take over the reigns August 25th.

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