COTR Fernie campus welcomes new manager

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Tim Schoahs brings 18 years of post-secondary experience

College of the Rockies is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Schoahs as the new manager of its Fernie campus. With 18 years of post-secondary experience, Schoahs brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this pivotal role.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tim to our team at College of the Rockies,” said Robin Hicks, Vice President Academic. “Tim has the depth and breadth of experience, along with a community-minded spirit, which make him a great fit for this critical role as the campus manager in Fernie.”

Coming from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Schoahs’ extensive background in various roles, including student services, registrar functions, recruiting, and operational management, uniquely positions him for success. His experience in the tourism industry will serve him well in his new location.

Schoahs is coming to Fernie from Squamish. His familiarity with the Fernie community and excitement about relocating to the Elk Valley underscore his commitment to the role. Downhill skiing, a passion of his, will undoubtedly be a highlight of his time in the Elk Valley.

Impressed by the College’s strong reputation as a centre of learning and an active community member, Schoahs looks forward to contributing to the College’s mission and engaging with students, faculty, and the broader community.

“I am very excited to join the team at College of the Rockies; an institution that has such a great reputation both as a centre of learning and as a community member,” Schoahs said. “I am also psyched to get back into downhill skiing! I’ve been warned about the cold but hopefully growing up in Northern Ontario has prepared me for Fernie winters!”

Schoahs will succeed retiring manager Anita Palmer, who has dedicated 32 years to the College, including 12 years as campus manager.

“We are thankful for Anita’s leadership and her passion for the community. She will be missed, but we wish her well on her well-deserved retirement and we know that Tim will carry on her good work,” said Hicks.

Schoahs assumes his responsibilities on July 16, with Palmer providing support during the transition. Her official retirement date is August 31.

Learn more about College of the Rockies’ Fernie campus at: cotr.ca/fernie


About College of the Rockies

For more than 45 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry, and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education, and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

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Darryl Dux
Communications Coordinator
College of the Rockies