On August 1, John Bowman assumed his new role as North Island College’s fifth President.
Bowman served as President and Chief Executive Officer at the College of New Caledonia (CNC), headquartered in Prince George, for the past seven years. Under his leadership, CNC developed and implemented a new five-year strategic plan; increased student enrolments; enhanced regional campus programs and services; increased Aboriginal participation rates and partnerships; expanded International Education activity; undertook major capital facilities renewal; and expanded fundraising capacity and corporate sponsorships.
Bowman has worked in the BC post-secondary system for 22 years. Prior to his appointment as President of CNC, Bowman served as CNC’s Vice President, Student Services and Regional Director for the Quesnel Campus. Before that, he served as Vice President, Human Resources/Development Services and Director, Planning and Research, both at Kwantlen University College in Surrey.
Bowman holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.
“John has a deep appreciation of the challenges facing colleges in rural communities. He believes in a collaborative approach to leadership, fostering a climate and organizational culture conducive to improvement, supporting employees as well as student learning, with a focus on developing trust and achieving desired results,” stated Bruce Calder, Chair of North Island College’s Board of Governors.
“Over the next two to three months, I will be trying to meet and talk with many community members, organization leaders, college employees and students,” said Bowman. “My goal is to learn as much as possible about the North Island, each of our communities, key regional issues, educational and training needs, and of course the College itself.”
Bowman succeeded President Dr. Jan Lindsay, who retired after four years with North Island College.