Laurie Rancourt to step down from NLC

The president and CEO of Northern Lights College is hanging up her robes after just over three years.

Laurie Rancourt announced her decision to resign to staff on Monday. Her office confirmed the news later that day but would not give further details until Rancourt could provide an official statement.

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However, Humber College in Toronto has put out an announcement that Rancourt will become its senior vice president for academics as of Oct. 1.  It would be a return to Ontario for Rancourt, as before she came to northeastern B.C., she previously worked for many years at College Boreal in Sudbury.

In a statement from Humber College President Chris Whitaker, Rancourt “will be responsible for the planning, development, organizing, staffing, directing and the content and delivery of the College’s post-secondary and non-post-secondary, full and part-time academic programs and services, administration and integrity of the educational affairs of the College.”

Rancourt’s time at NLC saw the college expand in a number of ways related to its focus on trades training, including building its Energy House as an environmental landmark and one of the few proper wind turbine training towers in the world.

But the college also suffered through chronic budget trouble that has occasionally forced NLC to make some difficult choices, including the recent cancellation of the school’s much-beloved Visual Arts Program.

Rancourt could not be reached for comment by press time.

Jonny Wakefield contributed reporting to this article.

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