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CNC readies for new president as Reiser retires

CNC president Henry Reiser.
CNC president Henry Reiser.

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) will bid its seventh president farewell this week as Henry Reiser prepares to retire from the position on Aug. 31. 

During the past five years, more than $45 million was invested into new buildings and redevelopments at CNC’s six campuses. Through the innovation of Digital Delivery Instruction, CNC was also able to expand educational offerings to rural and remote communities with the opportunity for programs to be offered in real-time to students in communities where low enrolment historically meant the cancellation of classes.

“Though the past five years have gone by quickly, we, as a college, have much to celebrate,” Reiser said. “I have every confidence that CNC will remain an anchor in the region as it continues to do what it does best: responding to the needs of the communities it serves.” 

Reiser has been captivated by northern BC and looks forward to retiring in Prince George on an acreage and spending his time fishing, hunting, travelling, writing, playing his cello, and volunteering on projects where he can give back to the community.

On Aug 26, CNC’s Board of Governors held a special meeting where Tara Szerencsi was appointed as interim president until Dr. Dennis Johnson assumes the position of president effective Oct. 1, 2019. Szerencsi has been with with CNC for more than seven years and has spent the past two of those serving as vice president, finance and corporate Services.

“I would like to thank president Reiser for his service and leadership throughout these past five years,” said CNC Board Chair Gil Malfair. “President Reiser has been a consummate advocate for CNC. His vision and innovation played an important role in CNC’s ongoing success.”

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