Leadership transition at College of the Rockies

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Paul Vogt

Paul Vogt steps into role of President and CEO as David Walls retires.

On Monday, July 13, Paul Vogt assumed his new role as the College of the Rockies’ eighth President.

Vogt joins the College with a long career in public administration, including eight years as head of the Manitoba public service and seven years of teaching at the post-secondary level. He previously held the role of president of Red River College in Winnipeg, where he had a successful track record of building industry engagement through applied research partnerships, attracting federal research grants and creating a robust institutional culture for the college and community.

Holding a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University and Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science from the University of Manitoba, Vogt is a Rhodes Scholar and a recipient of several graduate fellowships and public service awards.

“I’m excited to begin building on the College’s success and good work,” Vogt said. “The College has an excellent teaching reputation, and I have been impressed with the employees and management team’s overall passion to provide outstanding educational and innovative programming, especially in these challenging times.”

Vogt takes over the role from David Walls, who is retiring after seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer at College of the Rockies, and a long and successful career in the post-secondary sector. During his tenure, Walls led the College through a host of significant milestones, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program being offered entirely at the Cranbrook campus, the launch of Hospitality Management, the Invermere campus’ first diploma program, a complete College rebrand, construction projects including Patterson Hall and the new 100-bed student housing facilities, and most recently, the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the Board, I thank David for his leadership for these last seven years and congratulate him on his retirement,” said Randal Macnair, Chair, College of the Rockies Board of Governors. “I would like to welcome Paul to the College, and look forward to working with him in the coming years.”

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