New Ab­bott Di­rec­tor Ge­ne­ral set to take over

Out­going DG re­ti­ring

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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.

Job ex­pe­rience

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

Out­going dean

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.


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