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New President Announced for Confederation College

(May, 18 2011) - 

Thunder Bay/May 18, 2011   Marilyn Gouthro, Confederation College Board Chair, announced to employees today that Mr. Jim Madder has accepted the position as the new President, succeeding outgoing President Patricia Lang. 


Jim is a visionary and collaborative leader who has extensive experience in Canadian College education.    He taught in a range of programs at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario and successfully moved throughout the organization through to program and campus leadership.   In 2005, Jim moved to central Alberta and served as the Executive Vice President-Academic at Red Deer College.  Red Deer College is a comprehensive community focused institution that serves more than 7,000 credit and 15,000 continuing education students across a broad range of credentials.


“We are extremely pleased that Jim Madder has agreed to join Confederation,” said Gouthro.  “Our Board of Governors has worked diligently over the past few months reviewing potential candidates and carefully selecting the person that would carry Confederation forward in alignment with our new strategic plan.”


Madder holds a BSc. Degree from the University of Winnipeg, an MSc. from the University of Manitoba and a PhD, from the University of Guelph.  He currently resides in Red Deer Alberta with his wife Kim.  Jim has two children, Katelyn and David, who are both currently attending university.


“We visited Thunder Bay and love the community.  We are so excited to be a part of Confederation College, the City of Thunder Bay and the vast region,” says Madder.  “Confederation College is a great fit with my own community based values.  My wife, Kim, and I are absolutely thrilled to be moving to Thunder Bay!!”  


Incoming President, Jim Madder, will be visiting Confederation College June 15th & 16th and will be assuming his official duties in July.


MEDIA ADVISORY:   You are invited to join Board Chair, Marilyn Gouthro and Incoming President, Jim Madder, via teleconference today-May 18, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. (EST).  Please connect via -Local Dial-in number 1-416-343-2655 Toll-free Dial-in 1-866-440-8936 Conference ID 4526183 # to participate.

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For further information please contact:  Sue Prodaniuk, Director of Communication (807) 475-6139

Confederation College has been serving the citizens of Northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres.  Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa.

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 11,400 combined full and part time students per year and currently has a total of 600 full and part time employees.  Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $ 800 million annually.