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October 29, 2021

Belleville, Ontario, October 29, 2021 – Pam Jolliffe, Chair of the Loyalist College Board of Governors, is pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan has been reappointed as President and CEO of Loyalist College for another five-year term. The reappointment was approved unanimously by the Board of Governors.

“I am delighted to share this news with our Loyalist College community,” said Chair Jolliffe. “President Vaughan has shown exemplary leadership skills while stewarding the College and its surrounding communities through the COVID-19 pandemic – in addition to the regular College operations she is responsible for overseeing. President Vaughan’s entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking approach to leadership is what sets Loyalist College apart and has us exceeding expectations as a small, rural College. The Board of Governors is thrilled that President Vaughan has agreed to serve another term as President and CEO of Loyalist College and we look forward to what she will accomplish over the next five years.”

Under President Vaughan’s leadership, Loyalist College is quickly becoming Ontario’s Destination College, known locally, nationally, and internationally as a deliberate choice for students and employees. This vision is being realized through the College’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and Strategic Mandate Agreement 2020-2025, both of which were driven by President Vaughan. A major component of Loyalist College’s strategic direction is its industry-aligned cluster-based approach to developing applied programs and research which responds to market needs and prepares career-ready graduates. With this, President Vaughan has positioned Loyalist College well to lead the Bay of Quinte region in its post-COVID recovery by fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and supporting local industry and community partners to rebuild and recover.  

“It is an honour and a privilege to be reappointed as President and CEO of Loyalist College for another five years,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan. “These last 20 months have been an exceptionally challenging time for everyone, but it has also shown us that there is no challenge that is insurmountable. It has been remarkable to see how so many of the College’s students, employees, and alumni stepped up to carry the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. When I arrived in Belleville five years ago, it was immediately obvious how integral Loyalist College is to the community. I can now see that that is because our core value of being a caring institution is just part of our DNA. So, I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with this exceptional team of faculty and staff who are singularly focused on ensuring our students succeed in their academic programs and achieve their full potential, both personally and professionally. While the world may look a little different now than it did a couple years ago, we now have a collective opportunity to reimagine how education can play a role in making our world more inclusive and equitable for everyone.”

President Vaughan’s steadfast leadership has seen Loyalist College not only successfully navigate a global health crisis but grow enrolment and prosper. Driven by her passion to expand access to education, she is helping to pioneer the sector’s micro-credential movement through her role as co-Chair of eCampusOntario’s Board of Directors. President Vaughan also serves on the Board of Directors for Ontario Genomics, a non-profit organization which is focused on nurturing genomics innovation in Ontario, and applying these technologies across key sectors, such as health, agriculture, bioproducts, and environment, to support the province’s knowledge-based economy.

Before joining Loyalist College, President Vaughan was President and CEO of the College of the North Atlantic, located in Newfoundland and Labrador, where she was recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada in 2015. Since coming to Belleville, she has served as a Rotarian, on the Board of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, and as President of the Quinte Figure Skating Club. In 2018, President Vaughan was appointed to serve as an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force, affiliated with the 426 Training Squadron, 8 Wing, CFB Trenton. In addition to her contributions at the regional level, she is actively engaged with the college sector and is currently Chair of the Management Board for the College Employers Council.

About Loyalist College

Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges and #1 in the country for industry research income as a percentage of total research income, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2018-19 Loyalist graduates, 88.8 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.7 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $382 million annually to the regional economy – based on a March 2020 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kate Gardner, Communications Specialist, Office of the President & CEO
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