Parkland College president Dwayne Reeve has tendered his resignation, effective July 31st.
He joined the college in July, 2015 after spending 30 years in the public education system, and was Director of Education with the Good Spirit School Division.
Reeve says part of it had to do with where he’s at in life, and is looking at doing other things within the community.
“I’m still really looking at some basic options,” he said. “I’m not going to look at anything outside of the area.
“If there is something that comes my way, that’s from within the area because we have come to really enjoy our time here in this community and this region.”
Looking back on his tenure as president, he called it one of opportunity.
“(I’ve) got the chance to learn a great deal about education from a different perspective and that being the advanced education side,” Reeve pointed out. “The other thing I think that I’m really impressed, and taken with, is the fact that we’ve got such a committed staff who are so trusted within the communities and the organizations that we serve.”
Asked about accomplishments under his watch, Reeve says there’s two things.
“One of our biggest accomplishments is trying to look at our financial situation and managing the debt we had to incur with the building of the trades (and technology) centre.
“The other piece that I think we added was increase diversity to our student population and really have started to provide some programing for international students”
Regarding the Trades and Technology Centre, Reeve says the school is at the end of this fiscal year, and is happy to report that they will be able to pay off almost $2-million dollars of debt and reduce that debt on the facility by approximately 50 per cent.
“That’s been a major accomplishment.” Reeve said.
Before wrapping up, he admitted the one thing he will miss is the interaction with students and staff.
“Education is a people business – whether it be in the advanced education side, the post secondary side or any side – I think that’s the key piece is that a business is focused on serving people and that will definitely be what I miss.”
The Board of Directors will start searching for his successor immediately.