West-Moynes brings extensive academic and administrative experience in post-secondary education in Ontario, having held senior positions at both the college and university level.
Currently, she is Vice President of External Relations at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Previously, she served as President of Mohawk College, and in numerous senior leadership roles at both UOIT and Durham College.
“MaryLynn is an exceptional choice to be Georgian’s next President,” says Board Chair Charlotte Wallis. “She is eminently qualified, and brings a breadth of experience gained over 27 years in the post-secondary system. Throughout her career, MaryLynn has also demonstrated an unwavering focus on understanding students and meeting their needs. She embodies our Georgian vision to be the most personally connected learning organization in Canada. ”
The appointment of West-Moynes follows a six-month presidential search that attracted an extremely strong field of candidates from across Canada.
“Georgian College has flourished to be one of Ontario’s finest and fastest-growing colleges,” said West-Moynes. “I am honoured to join Georgian to work closely with faculty, staff and students along with our academic, business, industry and community partners. The long-standing track record of innovation, student achievement, university partnerships and pathways has forged an excellent reputation and a legacy that deserves to be preserved. This solid foundation holds incredible opportunity for future achievements.”
Recently, West-Moynes successfully defended her dissertation and will receive her PhD next month from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research examined organizational culture and leadership skills in Ontario colleges. She also holds an MA in adult education from Central Michigan University and a BASc from the University of Guelph.
West-Moynes is married with two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one grand-child. Community-minded, she has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees throughout her career.
“I am especially excited about the opportunity to work in the wide range of communities where Georgian’s seven campuses are located and where so many people are contributing to its success,” she says. “My husband Doug and I will soon begin looking for a home, and are greatly looking forward to becoming part of the Georgian community.”
West-Moynes replaces Brian Tamblyn, who will retire this summer.
“Over the next few weeks, members of the board will recognize Brian’s many achievements during his 13 years as President and CEO,” says Wallis. “Brian and MaryLynn will liaise closely to ensure a smooth transition in the President’s office. We all know we have found an exceptional new president who will lead us into our challenging, exciting and rewarding future at Georgian College. Brian is leaving Georgian in very good hands.”