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Russel Boris to lead College’s International Education department
Okanagan College Media Release

Russel Boris May 2013Okanagan College will welcome a new face to its leadership team on July 2, 2013 with the appointment of Russel Boris as Director, International Education.

Boris comes to Okanagan College from Medicine Hat College, where he has served more than 16 years in the International Education department, most recently as its Director.

Boris brings with him extensive experience in international education and institutional globalization. While at Medicine Hat College he led the creation and growth of the international division, which now accounts for approximately 15 per cent of the college’s overall student population.

“The experience Russel will bring to our College will be essential in furthering our goals and in meeting the needs of our students and community,” said Charlotte Kushner, Vice President, Students.

His background includes expertise in strategic recruitment and marketing as well as management. During his tenure at Medicine Hat College, Boris worked in more than 25 countries and has drawn students from approximately 50 countries to the Alberta community. Among his many accomplishments, Boris created and implemented a renowned English as a Second Language (ESL) program that has served more than 1,500 students. A former ESL instructor, Boris has a deep understanding of curriculum and programming.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Okanagan College and am excited about the opportunities that exist to build on the successes of the International Education department,” said Boris. “I’ve been impressed by the College’s leadership and its strong reputation. I welcome the opportunity to become a part of the institution and help further the College’s international agenda to increase its international student population.”

Boris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jamestown College and is certified in leadership and development by Maricopa Community Colleges.