Hamilton remains at the helm of Okanagan College

Okanagan College’s board of governors has extended president Jim Hamilton’s contract by an additional two years

Vernon's Jim Hamilton will continue as president of Okanagan College.

Vernon's Jim Hamilton will continue as president of Okanagan College.

A Vernon resident will continue to play a leading role in post-secondary education.

Okanagan College’s board of governors has extended president Jim Hamilton’s contract by an additional two years until Oct. 31, 2017. He has served in the position since late 2004.

“Jim has provided tremendous leadership for the college through dramatic changes and rapid development,” said chairperson Tom Styffe.

“We asked Jim if he would be interested in having his current contract extended and he agreed. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Hamilton’s accomplishments as president include seeing more than $100 million of new construction and expansion completed throughout the valley, more than 40 per cent enrolment growth and a rapid expansion in the array of programs offered.

“One of the college’s greatest accomplishments is the dramatic growth in the number of aboriginal students who are registered, and the strides we have made to understand, respect and learn from their culture,” said Hamilton.

In 2005, Okanagan College had about 400 aboriginal students registered. In 2012-13, more than 1,500 were taking courses and programs at the college.

“I feel Okanagan College is at a critical juncture where we can take advantage of the momentum that has been developed and we can continue to build on our reputation for quality,” said Hamilton of why he has agreed to remain as president.

“The skills shortage facing this province and country provides both a duty and an opportunity for the college. I want to be part of rising to that challenge.”