CNC president to resign

John Bowman is resigning as president of the College of New Caledonia to take on a similar position at North Island College.

CNC President John Bowman

The time to leave came sooner than he expected.

John Bowman informed the Board of Governors of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) on Friday that he would be resigning as president to take on a similar position at North Island College (NIC).

“The current president is retiring,” Bowman said later, “and she had only been there for four years, so it was sooner than anyone expected.”

After 15 years with CNC, including the last seven as president, Bowman said, “The timing was right.”

“I’m thinking in terms of the next 10 or 15 years of my life and my work. College presidents have a ‘Best before’ date, and while I haven’t reached mine here yet, maybe I would in five years, and there may not be somewhere else to go then.”

He said there are a lot of similarities between CNC and NIC.

“We are already collaborating with them in a number of areas, and I’m happy about that because it will let me keep in touch with what’s happening here.”

As well, he said, both schools are working strongly on Aboriginal and international education, as well as applied research. Both also have a central campus (CNC in Prince George, NIC in Comox Valley) and a number of satellite campuses.

“There is a also a similar program mix,” Bowman said, “although they’re actually doing more with online education than we are.”

His resignation is effective July 31, a date board chair Bob Murray will make it tough to have someone in place.

“We will start the search real quickly,” he said during a break in Friday’s board meeting, “although we won’t start it until we officially receive his letter of resignation.”

While the announcement was made Friday, Murray knew about Bowman’s intentions a couple of weeks ago.

“John gave me a heads-up, asking if I could write a letter of reference for him. It’s a tough thing to do, because you want to talk about how great a job he did, but then you’re going to lose him.”

He said it will be hard to find someone to fill the position, and he suspects they won’t have anyone in the position until January.

“We can backfill for a while – we’ve got great people here – but the problem with backfilling for too long is the stress it puts on everybody.”

Bowman agreed with Murray that he was leaving CNC in a good position as a school.

“We’ve got great people here, and I’ll miss them, as well as not being able to see the completion of some of the great projects we have started.”

Just Posted

Vanderhoof eligible for up to $6M in provincial infrastructure funding

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Over 2,000 people used the pool in the first 2-weeks

Lifeguard training course needs a minimum of six people to register before Feb. 21

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Bomb threats, gunfire, kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

B.C. hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree

Family Day was eventful for cub, firefighters

Most Read