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David Francis introduced as next Great Plains College president

After an eight-month executive search, Great Plains College today announced David Francis as the organization’s next president and CEO. Francis was introduced to the public during a news conference this afternoon at GPC’s Swift Current Campus and will start immediately.

Francis served on SIAST’s senior management team since 2004 as Virtual Campus academic director and has a deep industry background in the strategic use of academic technologies. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics (University of New Brunswick) and education (Mount Allison), as well as a graduate degree in education (Memorial University).

“I’ve always looked forward to taking on new challenges and opportunities for growth,” said Francis. “To me this position certainly represents both and I look forward to helping lead Great Plains College out of a period of great transition, into one of even greater prosperity.”

Francis becomes the second president in GPC’s history, following Mark Frison who left last August for an executive position with Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Man. Teresa Cole had served as interim CEO and left the organization last month to pursue outside interests.

“David’s experience and personality put him at the top of a strong pool of applicants,” said GPC board chairman Brian Shygera. “We’re extremely pleased to have him on board and look forward to seeing his vision for the college unfold over the coming weeks and months.”

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