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Grenfell Campus names AVP (administration and finance)

Campus and Community

By Melanie Callahan

Dr. Mary Bluechardt, vice-president (Grenfell Campus) has announced the appointment of Scott Porter to the position of associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus) administration and finance.

Mr. Porter brings a wealth of knowledge and many years experience in post-secondary administration to Grenfell Campus. He held the position of vice-president, finance and administration, at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology, one of Ontario’s largest colleges offering more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students.

“Grenfell Campus will benefit from Mr. Porter’s expertise in financial administration in a post-secondary setting.” — Dr. Mary Bluechardt

While at Fanshawe, Mr. Porter oversaw a $235-million operating budget and a $114-million capital plan. He led the development of financial health indicators for Ontario colleges and explored the development of college campuses internationally. He is experienced in writing policy statements incorporating strategic values in a variety of streams, including governance and finance.

Post-secondary background

He also brings experience in post-secondary education from positions with the University of Western Ontario and Keyano College in Alberta.

Mr. Porter holds a bachelor of arts (mathematics) from the University of Western Ontario, a bachelor of commerce from the University of Windsor (accounting) and is a chartered professional accountant.

Unique skill set

“Grenfell Campus will benefit from Mr. Porter’s expertise in financial administration in a post-secondary setting,” said Dr. Bluechardt. “As Mr. Porter’s accomplishments at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology demonstrate, he is committed to strategic financial planning, growth and assessment. His unique skill set and experience will be of great value to the university as we continue to fulfil our vision of offering a high-quality education, conducting important research and building partnerships in the community.”

He will commence his role on Memorial University’s Corner Brook campus on Aug. 1, 2016.


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