College Executive Bios

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St. Lawrence College's College Executive Team (CET) is comprised of the President & CEO, and a team of College Vice Presidents, who provide strategic leadership to the College community and ensure the successful execution of the College’s Strategic Plan, SLC in Five.

Glenn Vollebregt
President and CEO
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Glenn Vollebregt began his tenure as the President and CEO of St. Lawrence College in 2013 with a strong student focus and commitment to student success, academic excellence, and leadership in our communities. In addition to a broad and diverse range of senior leadership experience in the private sector, municipal government and higher education, Glenn holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London (UK), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CMA) Designation, a Business Diploma from Georgian College, and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Formerly serving on the inaugural Sustainable Kingston Board of Directors and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Board of Directors, Glenn is passionate about the ongoing success and development of his community. He currently serves as Chair of the Colleges Ontario Board and Committee of Presidents, a member of the Colleges Employer Council Management Board, and is a Board of Governor of the CAAT Pension Plan. Glenn has also had a number of board appointments in the college system including serving as the Chair of the OCAS Board of Directors and Chair of the Ontario College Library System Board.

If you follow Glenn on Twitter, you will know he is passionate about the student experience at St. Lawrence College and ensuring success of all of our learners. He is dedicated to the leadership role the College plays in our community and the importance of our students and graduates to our region.

Glenn believes in health and wellness, is a passionate cyclist, runner and tennis player and practices yoga and meditation. An avid reader and self-proclaimed ‘talentless’ musician, Glenn ensures that he finds quality time to spend with his family, one of his most important priorities.

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Megan Sheppard
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services & CFO
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Megan Sheppard is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Services & CFO. She is responsible for leading the overall financial planning for SLC in collaboration with the other senior administrative staff. Megan has oversight for financial services, information technology services, facilities management services, risk management, insurance management, and contract management. Megan is also a member of the board of the College Foundation.

Megan has over 20 years experience working in higher education in both Canadian Universities and Colleges. She previously held the SVP Corporate Services role at Loyalist College where she has responsibility for the same divisions. Prior to that Megan held the position of Associate Vice-Principal (Planning & Budgeting) at Queen’s University. In this role, she was responsible for the university’s overall integrated strategic planning including Budget Planning, Capital & Space Planning, and Institutional Research & Planning. Through extensive analysis and relationship building she successfully designed and implemented a new Responsibility Centered Management Budget Model and process. Megan has been invited to speak at conferences and professional development sessions on this topic and has also performed reviews for other Universities of their budgeting processes and models. Her previous roles included positions in budgeting, financial analysis and planning at York University, UOIT and the University of Victoria.

Megan holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance), from Dalhousie University, and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. She is a member of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP).

Kathy O'Brien
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Communications & Advancement
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Kathy O’Brien is the Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications and Advancement. Kathy leads a tri-campus portfolio that includes corporate strategic planning, strategic enrolment management, the registrar’s office, global student recruitment, strategic marketing, corporate communications, government relations, alumni engagement and fundraising activities, and community engagement. The broad scope of the division captures the student experience from the beginning through to graduation and beyond.

With more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education, Kathy has held administrative roles at Queen’s University including Associate Vice-Principal (International), Executive Director in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Academic), and she worked in major gift fundraising with the Advancement team in the Faculties of Arts and Science, Health Sciences, and Engineering. She started her career in executive search where she held progressive positions including Director of Search Operations with the global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. In each leadership role, Kathy has helped the people on her team grow while helping achieve the strategic goals of the organization.

Kathy is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Master’s of Public Administration (Management) and she has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Linguistics from Carleton University. She also has a diploma from Algonquin College in Digital Publishing. She recently earned a certificate from the Colleges and Institutes Canada Leadership Institute for Vice-Presidents, and she has completed the Four Seasons of Reconciliation from First Nations University of Canada, recent accomplishments that reflect her commitment to continual learning and professional development.

Kathy has over ten years of not-for-profit board governance experience. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Providence Care Hospital, and has recently served as a member of the executive committees of BCG South East, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. She has previously served on the Boards of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) and the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors.

Kathy appreciates art, the outdoors, cycling, and strong communities. She enjoys trying new classes, workshops, and learning opportunities related to creative pursuits such as writing, painting, and digital illustration.

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Michael Cooke
Interim Vice President, Academic
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Michael Cooke joined SLC as Interim Vice President, Student Affairs in February 2021 and supported the College's new Student Success division. In July 2022, Michael transitioned to his current role as Interim Vice President, Academic (VPA).

Michael brings more than 35 years of educational leadership experience to SLC. Michael served as Vice President Academic at Loyalist College (interim) in Belleville from August 2019 to July 2020. From 1994 to 2012, he held a variety of positions at George Brown College in Toronto including Dean of the Centre for Health Sciences and Community Services, Vice President Academic and Vice President Advancement. Prior to joining George Brown, Michael was Executive Director of several non-governmental organizations including the Christian Movement for Peace, the Ecumenical Forum of Canada, the Canadian Association for Adult Education and Canadian Crossroads International.

Since 2012, he has completed a range of assignments related to strategic planning, organizational development and fundraising for clients in a range of community and education organizations. His clients have included Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (Toronto), The Spire (Kingston), Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Fleming College (Peterborough), The Council of Ontario Universities and Colleges Ontario and Lennox and Addington County. 

Michael holds a doctorate in theory and policy in higher education from the University of Toronto as well as a Master’s degree in French literature from the l’Université de Touluse and a Bachelor of Education, also from the University of Toronto. 

In 2007, Michael and his youngest daughter cycled from Vancouver to Toronto and in 2012, he cycled from Kingston to St. John’s. Both trips raised funds for student bursaries at George Brown College.

He is the proud dad of five children and loves to spend time with his twelve grandchildren. Michael lives on a small farm near Sydenham.

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Grant McMichael
Vice President, Belonging, People, and Culture
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Grant McMichael joined St. Lawrence College as Vice President, Belonging, People, and Culture in January 2022. In this role, Grant has demonstrated strong alignment with SLC’s values, and has lent his considerable experience to helping advance and evolve the structure of SLC’s Belonging, People, and Culture department.

Having served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources for the Government of Nunavut, Grant is familiar with public sector requirements, legislation, and programs, and he has now forged connections within our sector via his peer network, bringing insights to college incident management teams and provincial-level collaborations.

Grant holds a business degree from Brock University, a Postgraduate, Human Resources diploma from Humber College, and a series of professional certifications in the fields of Executive Coaching, Organizational Design, and Change Management.

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Shelley Aylesworth-Spink
Vice President, Student Success
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Shelley Aylesworth-Spink was appointed SLC’s Vice President, Student Success, a newly created division from International Education and Student Affairs, in 2022. This approach is unique for the college sector and best supports a “one college, one student” approach to ensuring all SLC students are successful. This structural evolution also aligns with the College’s inaugural Global Engagement Strategy. Launched in 2021, the Global Engagement Strategy strengthens SLC’s vision of being globally recognized and refines the concept of internationalization, making global engagement at home and abroad a shared commitment of the SLC community. 

Shelley began her role as Vice President, International Education at St. Lawrence College in 2020 after serving as Associate Dean in the School of Business at SLC in 2017. Shelley is passionate about intercultural communications, internationalization and student success. Her academic and research background involves the study of global disease outbreaks through the interdisciplinary lens of communications, cultural studies, and science and technology studies.

Shelley holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of West London (UK), BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, Diploma in Print Journalism from Loyalist College and a Higher Education Academy Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (UK). 

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