Georgian College is pleased to announce the appointment of Baldev Pooni as Vice President, Academic, effective April 15.
Pooni brings to Georgian more than 25 years of experience in the college sector. He’s held progressively responsible academic and senior management positions at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. Along with teaching, Pooni has served as Vice President of Education and Student Services, Dean of Trades and Technology, and Chair of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Prior to his postsecondary career, his work experience ranged from apprentice technician to research mechanical engineer.
“Baldev is experienced leading innovations in academic programming which will be critical to the ongoing success of Georgian College,” says Georgian’s President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. “I’m personally impressed by his entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to student achievement and passion for the benefits of a college education. He’ll be an inspiring leader for our academic team and a collaborative contributor to our many postsecondary, industry and community partnerships.”
Pooni’s broad range of experience includes academic and strategic planning, and program review and renewal. He’s led numerous efforts that resulted in expanded academic pathways with university partners, as well as innovations in technology-enhanced learning, Aboriginal programming, international education and continuing education. Pooni has also served as a representative for colleges in British Columbia on ministry-led initiatives in such areas as education planning and trades training development.
Pooni holds an MSc in Application of Computers in Engineering and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Teesside University in England. He’s also attained a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College.
As Georgian College’s new Vice President, Academic, Pooni will be responsible for all programming in the classroom and for providing leadership to Georgian’s eight deans and more than 1,100 faculty members across the college’s seven campuses.
“Georgian College has an excellent reputation for its programs and is a leader among Canadian colleges,” says Pooni. “I am thrilled to be joining a first-class institution which has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 employers many times over, and which is supported by, and connected to, its communities across multiple campus locations.”
Pooni is married with two adult children. He and his wife Sarab, a Registered Nurse, look forward to moving to the region.
This announcement follows an extensive national search which drew applications from top academic leaders across the country.