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Leadership Update: Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension

December 18, 2017

As we prepare to enter the new year and begin a new term, I would like to take a moment to update you on developments within the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension.

Starting January 1, 2018, Dean Dr. Charlie Webber will commence an administrative leave that will span the remainder of his decanal appointment. The extra time will allow Charlie to concentrate on transition activities that will support our efforts to re-position and enhance the profile of Continuing Education at Mount Royal University.

At the conclusion of Charlie’s administrative leave, he will commence his position as a tenured Professor in the Department of Education in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education.

Also beginning in the new year, Dr. Brad Mahon, Director of the Mount Royal University Conservatory, will take on a position of interim leadership within Continuing Education. Brad will remain as Director of the Conservatory during this interim appointment.

I would like to thank Charlie for his work and continued dedication to the Faculty and the University as a whole. The Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts — one of our many campus jewels — was opened during his tenure as Dean, marking just one accomplishment during Charlie’s time in this important leadership role.

I’m also pleased that Brad will lead the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension on an interim basis.

Brad has been teaching part-time with the Conservatory for the past 20 years, and came on board full-time as our new Director of the Conservatory one year ago. He previously held senior roles with the Conservatory of Music and Dance at Medicine Hat College and the Conservatory of Performing Arts with the University of Regina.

He is well respected, both inside and outside of Mount Royal. Brad will be instrumental in supporting the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension as we embark upon a comprehensive programming and structural review of the Faculty beginning in the new year. This inclusive review will engage both internal and external experts — as we seek to find even better ways to serve our broader community through lifelong learning opportunities.

We look forward to sharing more information about this review early in 2018. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Charlie for his continued commitment to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension, and in welcoming Brad to this new interim appointment in the new year.

Sincere regards,

Dr. Lesley A. Brown
Provost and Vice-President, Academic