Lethbridge College has a new interim President and CEO. Dr. Samantha Lenci begins her position after Dr. Paula Burns announced earlier this year she was leaving to go to Langara College in Vancouver. Lenci has been the college’s Provost and Vice President Academic since 2017.
A release from the college says Lenci has spent more than 20 years at multiple post-secondary institutions in Alberta, leading a variety of programs in education that provided leadership, community development, strategic planning, project management and program development. She holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Mount Royal College (now University), a bachelor’s degree in Community Rehabilitation and a Master of Education degree from the University of Calgary. Most recently, she earned her Doctor of Education with a specialization in higher education leadership from the U of C.
“We’ve set ourselves up well. We have a great executive team. We have a wonderful college leadership team. We just finished a whole year of graduates and semesters with students and faculty. All of the support staff. We’re set up for success already. We have our plans in place. Paula left us better than she found us. I think that’s important. My job right now is to bridge the distance between now and when the new president is starting. Which should hopefully be over the next couple of months,” says Dr. Samantha Lenci.
The new permanent president and CEO will be announced by the college in late June or early July.