Influential educator and experienced leader joins RDC team (and my son!)
Red Deer, August 15, 2016 – Red Deer College will enhance its leadership team on August 22, when Dr. Steven Lane joins the College as the Associate Vice President, Academic.
Since 2011, Dr. Lane has been the Associate Vice President, Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from this role to his new position at RDC.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for Red Deer College to have Dr. Lane join our team,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President, Academic. “He has extensive knowledge and experience in postsecondary education, garnered from his many years as a faculty member and a member of senior leadership. He also has experience with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and has worked across a diversity of programs similar to RDC, so he will be a perfect fit for the Associate Vice President, Academic role.”
In his position, Dr. Lane will provide leadership and work collaboratively to develop strategic goals and directions for a range of academic matters. He will also provide leadership for Student Services, Centre for Teaching & Learning, Library Information Common and Applied Research & Innovation.
Dr. Lane looks forward to his diverse new role at RDC. “What caught my attention was the RDC goal of transitioning from a College to a Polytechnic University. I welcome the opportunity to work on the pieces necessary to support such a bid,” he says. “But I also want to get to know the people – faculty, staff, students – who make RDC alive. Alberta will be new for me, but my wife and I have heard nothing but good things about the community of Red Deer, so we and our daughter are quite looking forward to getting to know the place.”
Prior to taking on the Associate Vice President, Academic role with Red Deer College, Dr. Lane worked at Vancouver Island University – previously Malaspina College and Malaspina UniversityCollege – since 1982. He was a member of the English department, instructing a wide variety of courses from 1982 to 2005, and then he became the Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In 2011, Dr. Lane moved into the position of Associate Vice President, Academic Planning and Aboriginal Initiatives.
“Dr. Lane has a well-respected background in the academic side of post-secondary education, which has evolved into senior leadership,” says Hanna. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future filled with growth and opportunity, we welcome Dr. Lane to his new position and look forward to his contributions to our College.”