New Abbott Director General set to take over
Outgoing DG retiring
John Abbott College will welcome a new Director General next month when current DG Ginette Sheehy retires after five years at the helm of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue English CEGEP.
On Monday the JAC Board of Governors announced that it had approved the appointment of John Halpin to the top job. Halpin, who has spent the past five years as Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs at Champlain-St. Lawrence College in Quebec City, will assume his new duties on May 5.
Guylaine Audet, Chair of the JAC Board of Governors said Halpin’s appointment had followed a selection committee’s unanimous recommendation to hire him.
“John’s vast knowledge of the CEGEP network makes him the obvious choice for the job,” Audet said.
In addition to heading ChamplainSt. Lawrence College’s Faculty and Academic Affairs department, Halpin spent several years at the same school teaching mathematics and physics. He also brings to the new job 20-years of engineering and management experience in gas turbine design and product development. He worked for such companies as General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Rolls-Royce Gas Turbines in Canada and England, UTC-Pratt & Whitney in Montreal and UTC-Carrier in Hartford. Prior to returning to St. Lawrence, Halpin was Carrier Corporation’s Global Engineering Director, responsible for technology and engineering processes. Halpin received his Bachelor of Science
degree from the University of Toronto, and his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Université Laval.
Sheehy, who is stepping down after five years serving as Academic Dean and Director General, is also credited with heading the English CEGEP through several “significant achievements” during her mandate including the construction and inauguration of the college’s state-of-the-art Anne-Marie Edward Science building. “We thank Ginette Sheehy for her dedication and wish her well in all her future projects,” Audet added.
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college that was opened in 1971. The school, which welcomes an increasingly diverse student body, serves 6,500 full time day students and another 2,000 continuing education students.