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May 13, 2020

Belleville, Ontario, May 13, 2020 – Today Loyalist College announced that Ron Byrne will serve as Senior Vice-President Academic, effective July 15.Previously, Mr. Byrne was Vice-President, International & Student Affairs at Mount Allison University and Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs at the University of Regina.

“Ron brings to Loyalist extensive leadership in Canadian and international higher education,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO. “He has a proven history of successfully developing and leading cross-organizational teams, establishing innovative programming and delivering superior student experiences that prepare graduates for careers of the future. We’re grateful that he has chosen to bring his expertise to Destination Loyalist.”

Mr. Byrne’s most recent executive position was Interim Vice-President Academics and Associate Vice-President Academics for the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar. Before returning to the classroom in a faculty role, he reported directly to the Qatar Presidentand was responsible for all five academic schools, including the management of approximately 400 staff and faculty. He forged relations with different stakeholders in Qatar including other educational institutions, government and industry.  

“I am excited to join Loyalist in this capacity,” said Mr. Byrne. “Already, it is clear to me that the faculty and staff members of Loyalist have a clear student-centric focus and I look forward to working with the entire College community in supporting students in achieving their dreams.” 

Mr. Byrne has leadership experience across a wide spectrum of responsibilities including long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, program development, internationalization and student-centred learning. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Loyalist College appoints Rob Byrne as Senior Vice-President Academic

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2017-18 Loyalist graduates, 88.5 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 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 is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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