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College appoints experienced hand as Shuswap Revelstoke Regional Dean
Okanagan College Media Release

An experienced college administrator is looking forward to her new role as Okanagan College’s Regional Dean for the Shuswap Revelstoke region.Joan Ragsdale March 2016

Joan Ragsdale will start her new job on May 2.

“I am keen to settle in the region and work on developing the partnerships and opportunities that will strengthen the College, the campus and the area communities,” says Ragsdale, who boasts of a 21-year career with the College of New Caledonia (CNC), a Master’s Degree in Education from UNBC, and a Bachelor of Science degree from UVic.

“In the process of applying for this position and the accompanying interviews and meeting, I have come to appreciate how connected everyone is to the College and how willing they are to contribute to its growth and development in this region.”

Ragsdale is familiar with working with an array of regional governments, First Nations, School Districts and other partners to provide access and support for post-secondary education and the regional economic development. She served five years as the Regional Director for the Lakes Campus of CNC, and before that worked as the Associate Regional Director, an instructor, and a Program Administrator.

Over the past year, Ragsdale has worked with School District 91 as Skill Development and Community Relations Co-ordinator. During the past two decades, Ragsdale has served on a number of community boards and committees including the Burns Lake Community Foundation, the Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Lakes District Economic Development Committee, the Omineca Ski Club and the Burns Lake Mill Explosion Recovery Taskforce.

“We have every confidence that Joan will be able to hit the ground running in her new position,” says Okanagan College’s Vice President Students, Charlotte Kushner.

“She knows the B.C. post-secondary landscape very well and has a reputation for achievement and an entrepreneurial approach as well as a track record of working collaboratively and productively with campus communities and employees. I’m sure she’ll be missed in Burns Lake but I know she’ll be a welcome resident of the Shuswap.”