Northern College Appoints New Director of Marketing, Communications and External Relations

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College is pleased to announce the newest edition to the President’s Senior Management Team.

Susan Hunter has been appointed to the newly created position of Northern College’s Director of Marketing, Communications and External Relations effective November 4, 2019, bringing an extensive and successful career in the marketing and communications field to Northern College.

“We are very fortunate to have attracted a candidate with Ms. Hunter’s experience and achievements which have been acquired in the Canadian college sector. Ms. Hunter has held similar roles at Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie, Northern Lights College, British Columbia and from Grand Prairie Regional College in Alberta, stated Northern College President and CEO Dr. Fred Gibbons. “An organizational realignment lead to the creation of this position that will also see Ms. Hunter assuming responsibility for Alumni, the college’s Foundation and community relations functions under her external relations mandate.”

Hunter earned an undergraduate degree from Western University, a Bachelor in Education from Althouse College at the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Arts in curriculum development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

This wealth of experience will prove to be an asset to Northern College as it continues to strive for stronger student enrollment in an increasingly competitive provincial post-secondary market.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Northern College. Northern College is a source of great pride for many communities in Ontario and with good reason,” stated Susan Hunter, Northern College’s newly appointed Director of Marketing, Communications and External Relations. “I look forward to joining the College’s team under the strong direction of President Gibbons and the admirable leadership of the Board of Governors to further advance Northern’s impressive strategic initiatives. I appreciate the learning experiences I obtained living and working in Western Canada, and am pleased to be returning to northern Ontario, the place that I call home.”

The set of challenging demographics that continue to arise throughout rural Canada, especially in northern Ontario centre on a declining elementary and secondary school student population. As Northern College strives to address this systemic challenge, it opted to provide strategic focus in the areas of marketing and domestic student recruitment through an organizational realignment within its management team.

Jaret Dicks will assume the role of Manager of Recruitment and Admissions, working to develop and oversee a strong, well-executed annual student recruitment campaign alongside the integration of domestic and international admissions staff to better harmonize Northern’s efforts to attract new students.

Northern College is confident that these organizational changes will better situate it to handle a changing post-secondary landscape and continue to build on its already established firm foundation in student recruitment, and contribute to renewed enrolment growth in 2020.


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