Medicine Hat College (MHC) has selected Dr. Mike Gillespie as the vice-president, academic, effective November 9, 2015.
Dr. Gillespie became the dean of science and health at Medicine Hat College in July of 2014, and was appointed interim vice-president, academic in February 2015.
He came to MHC from the State University of New York - Empire State College where he served as an associate dean. He has held professorships as well as administrative positions for a number of institutions around the globe including the United Kingdom, United States and Morocco.
“We are very excited that Mike has accepted the position. He has done an excellent job filling the position on an interim basis, and continued to shine throughout our selection process this fall,” said MHC president and CEO, Dr. Denise Henning. “He has developed great relationships on campus, and his natural leadership skills, vast knowledge, and academic experience have proven invaluable to our college.”
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Adapted Physical Activity) from The Ohio State University; a Master of Business Administration (Higher Education Management) from the Institute of Education, University of London, a Master of Science (Adapted Physical Activity) from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor.
Having filled the position for the past nine months, Gillespie is able to hit the ground running. “I am really excited to continue on with this portfolio. There are so many opportunities for MHC right now, and I look forward to collaborating with staff, faculty and our community both on new and existing initiatives,” says Gillespie.
Staff and faculty echo those sentiments. “Mike has a reputation of working collaboratively with faculty, staff and colleagues to achieve the best results in the workplace,” says Henning.
He also has an extensive research background and a breadth of experience in organizations outside of post-secondary. Gillespie’s past appointments include chairperson of British Curling Ltd.; sport representative for the British National Paralympic Committee; director of the Northamptonshire Sport Executive Board; director of Special Olympics Saskatchewan; and an external research associate for the Regina Health District.
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