New academic VP has a familiar face

The new vice-president academic of SAIT was introduced to staff and students Feb. 4, by president David Ross during a public Town Hall meeting.

And the new man on campus had a familiar look.

Brad Donaldson is a former dean of the School of Manufacturing and Automation at the school.

“We made an announcement just before Christmas regarding the Vice President Academic,” Ross told the crowd of several hundred, in the Irene Lewis Atrium.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce Brad to everyone.”

Donaldson was chosen by SAIT’s selection committee via a Canada-wide search process. Most recently, he worked as the Vice President Academic at Red Deer College.

“Brad has more than 20 years of experience working in the industry,” said Ross.

In his remarks, Donaldson brought up how much the school had grown over the years since he first started working there.

“What I saw driving up 16th Avenue today was very different from my first impressions,” said Donaldson.

“SAIT has an amazing future ahead of it.”

Donaldson is expected to take over the position of VP Academic in March.

Ross also announced that SAIT has been honoured as one of the top employers in Alberta.

This marks the third consecutive year that SAIT has been selected for this honour.

“It is something that, quite frankly, all of you should be proud of,” said Ross.

“It really is because of you that we received this honour.”

Welcome to SAIT: New VP Academic, Brad Donaldson, addressing the crowd at SAIT's Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. This was Donaldson's prior to his position start date in March. (Photo by Ryan MacLean/The Press)
Welcome to SAIT: New VP Academic, Brad Donaldson, addressing the crowd at SAIT’s Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. This was Donaldson’s prior to his position start date in March. (Photo by Ryan MacLean/The Press)
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