Conestoga news

September 15, 2022 2:46 PM

Conestoga President's term renewed to 2024

Conestoga’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Dr. John Tibbits will continue to lead the college for another two years thanks to a recent agreement that extends his term until 2024.

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Conestoga President John Tibbits will continue to lead the college for another two years.

“Conestoga continues to flourish under John’s leadership,” said Frank Boutzis, chair of the college’s Board of Governors. “We are delighted that he has agreed to remain at the helm to help guide the college through its next phase of development to address the needs of individuals and businesses across the communities we serve.”

John Tibbits assumed the role of president at Conestoga in August 1987, and recently celebrated 35 years of service to the institution. Under his leadership, Conestoga has evolved from a small community college to one of Ontario’s leaders in polytechnic education, now serving more than 50,000 full and part-time learners each year through a network of campuses and learning centres across Southwestern Ontario.

Recent developments include the opening of a new campus in Cambridge dedicated to skilled trades education and training as well as expansion of campuses in Waterloo, Brantford and Downtown Kitchener.

Future plans include the establishment of a full-service campus in Milton as well as a new, state-of-the-art Creative Industries campus in Downtown Kitchener.

“This is an exciting time in the history of Conestoga, as we continue to build essential capacity to meet workforce needs and prepare a new generation of highly qualified workers to support the prosperity and well-being of our communities and the province of Ontario,” Tibbits said.

“I am pleased to continue our efforts and look forward to working with the Board and the Conestoga community on the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

Prior to joining Conestoga, Tibbits held senior administrative positions at Dawson College in Montreal, Touche Ross & Partners in Ottawa and Canada Post. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a Master of Education from the University of Vermont and a Doctorate in Education from Boston University.