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Sault College abandons search for new prez

Friday, May 09, 2014   by: Staff



Dr. Common stays on as College President

Sault College’s Board of Governors has asked Dr. Ron Common to stay on for an additional three years.

The College has enjoyed a high level of success during Common’s presidency and the task of finding the right person to build on the next level of achievements has proved challenging.

“A thorough search has been conducted to attract a strong pool of applicants for this important leadership position,” notes Carla Fabbro, Chair, Sault College Board of Governors.  

“Even though we received many impressive applicants for the position, we were not completely satisfied with the overall fit during this phase of the search, and have invited Dr. Common to stay on with us to continue the fine work he has begun with our organization, which he has agreed to do,” she adds.

A search committee was formed in 2013 and engaged Waterstone Human Capital, a well-regarded executive search firm, to conduct the recruitment process.

Heather Connelly, Waterstone’s Managing Director, has been spearheading the effort.

“When we began the search, we received invaluable input from stakeholders with which to draft a profile for the position,” says Fabbro.

“Staff and various community members were asked to complete a survey and participate in Presidential Search meetings to ensure that their insights were incorporated, and they did so. These consultations helped define the skills, expertise and experience needed to build on the College’s success and position it for the future.  Time and time again, we heard that sustainability was key to Sault College’s success – and continuing to advance the great work we have begun with Dr. Common is vital to our continued success.  Although there were a number of solid applicants in our initial pool of candidates, we did not feel it was time to move forward with the selection of one of them,” she adds.

Sault College has garnered an impressive record of achievements in recent years.

The College’s Key Performance Indicators are among the finest in the province, especially in relation to Student Satisfaction, where it is now ranked at No. 1 overall.  

The organization also leads the way in overall quality of college facilities and resources, overall quality of the learning experience, and in overall knowledge and skills provided to students for their future careers.

The College has undergone an unprecedented level of expansion – both in student applications, enrolment, new programming and in the construction of new facilities under Common’s leadership.

“I would like to thank the board, the faculty, the staff, administration and most importantly, the students for their support throughout the years, and I look forward to their continued support,” states President Common.  

“As a Sault College team, we have envisaged a number of initiatives to launch in the years to come, and I look forward to the challenge of leading their implementation.”

“This is an exciting time for Sault College, and we are certain that Dr. Common will continue to work successfully with College staff, students, community partners and supporters to sustain and advance our mission as the pre-eminent student centred post-secondary institution in Ontario,” states Fabbro.  

“We are looking forward to continuing to work with him as he leads our organization well into the future.”


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Wicket 5/9/2014 11:14:55 AM Report

Unbelievable! You mean to tell us that there is no one with qualifications, attitude and other attributes as good as or better than the existing president. Why was he leaving in the first place and how much of an incentive was he offered to stay? Blows my mind!

Don't take this the wrong way, I don't have a problem with the existing president remaining, I just find it ludicrous that the news release would say they could not find another "fit" for what is taking place right now at the College.
diggie 5/9/2014 11:51:42 AM Report

What? Is the college introducing a Paleontology department?
johnnyc 5/9/2014 11:52:18 AM Report

Dr. Commons has been instrumental in advocating for the majority of change which is taking place at the College. I am certain they agree it is beneficial for the college and students for him to be around to complete a smooth transition into modernization.

Congratulations Ron!
tommy_boi07 5/9/2014 12:22:51 PM Report

He was supposed to be retiring to spend more time with his family. As for there not being a suitable replacement I could understand those being big shoes to fill. Since he's been president there has been a new 3 story wing of classrooms, a new health and wellness centre built both allowing to accommodate for more students and fewer evening classes. This is great news, I can't wait to see what else Dr. Common will bring to the school!
Slim Shady 5/9/2014 1:02:34 PM Report

Although I have nothing against or bad to say about the current President, I would think that this will hurt the College in the long run. When people refuse to retire at a timely basis, you will find it hard to attract new blood into your organization. With new blood come new ideas, experiences and expertise. With the lack of new jobs here, qualified applicants will go elsewhere and the City loses.

I guess family time and enjoyment of retirement is not that important. People think that they will live forever and have plenty of time. The truth is that we are all mortal and most people will have a very small amount of time to enjoy themselves after 60 or 65.

I do find it hypocritical when people complain that their kids, many who are educated, can not find work while they continue to occupy employment “space”. How much money is enough money? Who do you want to help fund your CPP? The young people who are out of work?

Just a thought.
Intwydimayla69 5/9/2014 2:13:14 PM Report

New buildings are not the product of any single being, yet they can be the result of a collaborative effort initiated through proper planning and execution when selling the idea to the Government.

The world is on a completely different path, the time for old world thinking is over. This is a time of great change, on many levels. Driven by technology and the endless creativity it gives to the fresh minds that will mold it into what is needed. To continue with someone such as this, is to contradict the very reason for the organization that promotes higher learning and boasts being the #1 College in the Province.

Were I a student looking for a college, the decision to go to Sault College would and should not be based on the shiny new buildings that now blanket the property.

There are a great deal of improvements needed to be made to the heart of the organization, in order to accurately depict the experience of being a part of the brochure they currently advertise.

In my opinion, the decision was not in the best interest of the College, rather one solely based on the affinity to someone bordering the facileness quite common a block or so east of the College.
Mr. Poster 5/9/2014 3:07:16 PM Report

So much for that old one is indispensable. The man was retiring for a reason. I find it hard to believe it is that hard to find a great replacement. Or....could it be that very few expressed an interest in joining Soo College as president ??
ThinkAgain 5/9/2014 4:18:53 PM Report

Nobody wants the job because nobody wants to move to the Sault, its a retirement community now.
Powerwise 5/9/2014 4:24:09 PM Report

Jurassic Park comes to Sault Ste. Marie.
Cormorant 5/9/2014 5:55:10 PM Report

I guess someone forgot to point out in the job advertisement that Sault College can be found in a city which is not only "Naturally Gifted" but also is "The Renewable Energy Capital of North America". So much for a brand!
Timbob 5/9/2014 7:34:27 PM Report

I'll give him one thing. He sure knows how to piss money away.

Everyone forgets that all these new shiny buildings cost the taxpayers MILLIONS to build, operate, and maintain.

Ah, what the heck. It's only taxpayer money. Let's give him another 3 year contract and see if he can outdo himself!
Powerwise 5/9/2014 8:47:09 PM Report

Yeah, once the t-rex breaks loose there's no telling what he'll do!
Powerwise 5/9/2014 9:08:26 PM Report

Ah, what the taxpayer money away.

Everyone forgets that all these new shiny buildings cost the heck. It's only taxpayer money away.

Everyone forgets that all these new shiny build, operate, and see if he can outdo himself!
I'll give him another 3 year contract and see if he can outdo himself!
I'll give him one thing. He sure knows how to piss money away.

Everyone forgets that all these new shin
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