Fleming College Appoints Maureen Adamson as President

Peterborough ON – (June 22, 2018) – The Fleming College Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Maureen Adamson has been selected as the college’s sixth president.

This appointment marks several firsts for the college. Maureen is the first Fleming alumni to lead the college, as well as the first female and the first person originally from Peterborough to hold the position.

Ms. Adamson has 25 years of progressive leadership experience in the postsecondary, healthcare, government and not-for-profit sectors. She holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lakehead University and a diploma in Business Administration from Fleming College and is an accredited Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada.

She was most recently the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport for the government of Ontario, a 900-employee organization that is responsible for all policy and programming, accountable for the oversight of 20 agencies and attractions such as the Ontario Media Development Corp, Ontario Place, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. She also established the first ever Ministry of the Status of Women in Ontario and held the position of Deputy Minister of the Status of Women.

In the postsecondary education sector, Ms. Adamson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Michener Institute which is devoted to applied health sciences education and a leading academic partner for the healthcare system in Ontario. She also held the position of Vice-President, Corporate Services at Mohawk College.

From 2011 to 2014, Maureen was the CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, responsible for transformational leadership, strategy, fundraising, advocacy, innovation and research, and clinical investments.

“We are very excited to a bring Maureen to Fleming,” said Dana Empey, Chair of the Board of Governors of Fleming College. “Maureen is a dynamic leader with tremendous experience in our sector and others. We are particularly proud to bring an alumni of the college back to assume the presidential role. Her experience, along with her familiarity with our communities, will allow her to very quickly build on the success of the college.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Fleming College to its next generation of excellence where students are our priority and our society benefits from the talent that we produce at Fleming. Clearly, the quality of people, programs, facilities and reputational strength, along with our community partners, is a cornerstone of pride,” said Maureen Adamson. “It’s great to be home and I look forward to working with our local communities and building strategic partnerships within and beyond the region.”

Maureen succeeds Dr. Tony Tilly who will end his 14-year tenure as Fleming’s president on June 29.

“On behalf of the Board, we wish to thank Tony Tilly for his exceptional leadership over the past 14 years,” said Dana Empey. “I’d also like to thank the members of the Board and the college community who participated in the presidential search process.”

Ms. Adamson will officially assume the role on August 21, 2018.

 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 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.


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