NIC hires new director

North Island College (NIC) has hired a new executive director of international education

North Island College (NIC) has hired a new executive director of international education.

Thevi Pather, who who has 20 years of experience at four B.C. post-secondary institutions, will be responsible for marketing, promoting and monitoring quality international educational initiatives and programming at NIC, according to the release issued by the school this week.

“We are thrilled to welcome Thevi to our team,” says NIC President John Bowman. “His extensive international education and leadership experience will enable us to continue to develop and support international education and internationalization on our campuses, a key priority outlined in NIC’s 2016-2020 strategic plan,” a document that was released recently outlining the school’s goals for the next five years.

Pather comes to NIC after 20 years of experience in international education at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Camosun College and Royal Roads University.

“I am very excited to join the North Island College community,” says Pather, who will officially begin his role Nov. 23. “There are many opportunities to develop and support internationalization locally and globally and NIC is doing a great job building this capacity. I look forward to being a part of this growth.”

A record number of international students are attending NIC this year, according to the school, with over 320 students from 32 countries taking courses or programs at NIC campuses across the region. This marks an approximately 200 per cent increase over the past five years.

There are also growing opportunities for local students to study abroad. NIC’s International Education department donated $50,000 to the NIC Foundation for study abroad bursaries in 2015 and 2016, opening doors for students to earn NIC credentials while participating in field schools and academic exchanges in Europe, South America, Japan and the United States.

The NIC release says that Pather’s leadership in recalibrating UBC’s student exchange program supported the development of one of the largest programs of its kind in Canada. Most recently, he was director of global advancement at Royal Roads University where he was responsible for the internationalization of the institution, building strong international partnerships and surpassing recruitment targets.

Pather replaces Mark Herringer, who moved to Ontario earlier this fall to take a position with Durham College in Oshawa.

“Mark played a key role in growing international education at NIC and Thevi is well-positioned to continue developing and leading international education at the College,” Bowman says.

For more information on international education visit

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on a rare show near Campbell River

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a local tour operator’s boat for quite some time

Strathcona Regional District reports on progress towards carbon neutrality

Director travel and natural gas at Strathcona Gardens largest contributors to emissions

North Island MP calls for feds to implement automatic approval of disability benefits

MP Rachel Blaney has asked for automatic approvals to address the ‘extreme backlog’ of Veterans’ disability benefit applications

Recycling depots in Campbell River, Courtenay to close

The unstaffed recyling depot at Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex is set to close July 1

Strathcona Regional District reopens electoral area outdoor park facilities

Basketball, tennis courts, skateparks in three EAs open

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Mirror business directory and map

If you’d like to be added to the list, shoot us an email

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch on central Vancouver Island yard

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by Nanaimo RCMP after being found by city crew

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

Most Read