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Fleming College President to retire at end of third term



tony-standing-resizeDr. Tony Tilly has served as President for 14 Years 

Peterborough ON – (January 18, 2018) – On behalf of the Board of Governors of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Chair Dana Empey has announced that Dr. Tony Tilly will complete his third and final term as Fleming College President on June 30.

“Tony has led the college through an extraordinary transformation during his 14-year tenure,” said Ms. Empey. “The college has grown significantly in terms of facilities, programming, enrolment and community partnerships. As we thank Tony and look back on his success, we also look to the future as the Board begins the search for a new leader to continue to provide exceptional educational experiences for students and continue to grow Fleming College in partnership with our communities.”

Since his initial appointment in 2004, Tony has emphasized strategic planning and organizational development, built leadership capacity, encouraged international horizons, secured funds to build the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre and maintained and expanded partnerships. Since that year the College’s revenues have doubled.

In the provincial and national contexts, Tony advocates working together to support and strengthen public postsecondary education which he sees as one of Ontario’s – and Canada’s – great resources. Tony has served as Chair of the provincial Committee of Presidents and has been a Director on the Board of Colleges and Institutes Canada.

On a day-to-day basis, Tony finds interaction with leaders, faculty, staff and students to be energizing and rewarding. He is proud that Fleming College consistently champions a core promise to students, captured in three words:  Learn. Belong. Become.

In a message to College faculty and staff, Tony remarked, “Fourteen years in this role is not something I anticipated when I started at Fleming in August 2004. Then again, I also didn’t anticipate how much I would enjoy working with outstanding colleagues and students who are as dedicated to Fleming as we are to them.”

In his remarks, Tony has emphasized that Fleming College has much to be proud of, yet more ahead in terms of both opportunities and challenges. In that spirit, his intent is to continue to work energetically in the remaining months of his appointment on Fleming Forward, a theme of the Fleming Strategic Plan, with focus on innovative steps to seize opportunities and meet challenges.

Asked if he actually plans to retire, Tony commented, “I never was a very good gardener and I don’t expect to become one now.”

Chair Dana Empey has confirmed that the Board of Governors will soon announce the upcoming Presidential Search, which will include the opportunity for input from students, staff, faculty, leaders and community partners concerning how Fleming College can best maintain its strong traditions while moving boldly into the future.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.


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