The college will welcome Lisa Taylor as its new Executive Director for the Owen Sound Campus on Monday, Sept. 16. Taylor will oversee the strategic leadership of the campus, including the cultivation, development and nurturing of positive relationships with community, political and industry/sector representatives.
“Lisa brings to Georgian more than 30 years of experience in postsecondary education, as well as a diverse background in other industries, including the newspaper and printing industry,” says Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO. “Her leadership and operational experience, broad skills, extensive background in college education and commitment to community is exactly the combination we were seeking for this important role.”
As Vice President, Finance and Administration, at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), Lisa was responsible for finance, institutional research, information technology, facilities and risk management. NBCC provided Taylor with the unique experience of working for an organization that transitioned from a government agency to a crown corporation that amalgamated six public Anglophone community colleges into a one-college, six-campus model. She also helped to advance NBCC through the final years of its first strategic plan, the development of its second five-year plan, and contributed to the achievement of numerous strategic goals.
Previously, Lisa was a Chair in the School of Business at Algonquin College. She worked with full- and part-time faculty in a portfolio that served approximately 1,200 students and included 12 programs ranging from certificates and diplomas to graduate certificates. Taylor also served as Manager, Operational Accounting and Payroll for two years.
“In all of her professional positions, Lisa has demonstrated a commitment to student success, embracing change and leading innovation,” adds MaryLynn. “This will be an invaluable asset to the campus, college and Owen Sound region as we continue to meet the evolving demands of the workforce, close the growing skills gap, and navigate the changes disruptive technology will bring to better serve and educate our students.”
Along with a commitment to lifelong learning, Lisa is dedicated to strengthening the community. She has been an active volunteer in many capacities. She was co-founding member and inaugural Chair of the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation in 1989 and continued her involvement at various levels until moving from Eastern Ontario to New Brunswick in 2014. Lisa was also a member of the board of the New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Commission, and the Fredericton Community Foundation.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this new role as part of Georgian’s Owen Sound Campus community,” says Lisa. “Owen Sound, and the larger Grey and Bruce counties area, offers so much in terms of lifestyle and economic development potential. I look forward to working with both the internal college community and our external stakeholders to explore opportunities for growth and development that builds upon the strong foundations, values and culture already in place.”