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Fanshawe welcomes new VP

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | March 16th, 2009



A newly appointed VP of Academics joins the Fanshawe College community.

Lane Trotter, of British Columbia joined Fanshawe on February 23, 2009 after an extensive search began following the retirement of former Senior VP of Academics Joy Warkentin.

Fanshawe has been exposed to a great leader for the last decade, according to Trotter.

“Fanshawe has had a very strong VP of Academics for the last 10 years...Joy sets a bar to the commitment of the institution (Fanshawe),” stated Trotter.

“Fanshawe's got an excellent reputation from the programs it offers…and it has a strong history of delivering great post-secondary education to its students. It's just wonderful.”

Trotter has come to Fanshawe from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) a Burnaby based polytechnic institution that serves over 16,000 full-time and 32,000 part- time students on a yearly basis. Recently he has served as Dean of the School of Transportation where he provided his expertise in the Aerospace, Marine and Motive Power divisions.

“Lane Trotter is a stellar addition to our executive management team. His extensive academic leadership experience and successful track record in the development of industry and community partnerships make him the ideal candidate to lead our academic programming, especially in this challenging climate,” said Howard Rundle, President of Fanshawe College.

Having a strong impressive background in the post-secondary education system, Trotter will aid Fanshawe towards a step in the right direction during a time of economic uncertainties.

Trotter believes in life long learning; and specifically during tough economic times should people be rethinking their levels of education.

“It's strange...when times are economically good people are not as likely to further their post-secondary training...and in some cases that's where you should be re-skilling for the next economic cycle...” said Trotter.

In addition to Trotter's impressive background with BCIT, he held management positions with the B.C Ministry of Education and St. Clair College located in Windsor.

He is also a former member of the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council's Board of Directors, and a past Chair of the committee on National Standards for Applied Science and Engineering technicians.

Presently working on his doctorate through Simon Fraser University, Trotter understands the importance of a fine education that post-secondary institutions offer for its students.

“Education is probably the best way of impacting somebody's life...in a positive way,” said Trotter. “Fundamentally in the end...it is all about the students.”
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