St. Lawrence College Welcomes New Cornwall Campus Dean

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St. Lawrence College (SLC) welcomes Richard Wiggers as the new Dean of its Cornwall campus beginning on February 3, 2020.

Richard brings extensive knowledge and experience to SLC; he most recently held the role of Associate Dean at Mohawk College in Hamilton, 
where he introduced an Indigenous credential and a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve as Cornwall Campus Dean at St. Lawrence College. During my visits over the past few months, I've been impressed with the warmth and helpfulness of everyone, both on campus and in the broader Cornwall community. I'm also glad to be moving to a community with a vibrant francophone and Indigenous presence, and one that has welcomed the growing population of international students. I’m looking forward to working with and getting to know my new colleagues beginning in early February."

“We are extremely excited for Richard to join the SLC academic team,” says Eileen De Courcy, Senior Vice President Academic.  “With his combined leadership experience, academic research, and focus on student access and work-integrated learning, we feel well positioned to support the future of learning and skill development in the Cornwall community.”     

Previously, Richard served as Executive Director, Research and Programs with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). There, he managed research projects in Student Services, Teaching and Learning and Graduate Enrolment Expansion, as well as a major research project on Work Integrated Learning that involved 14 Ontario colleges and universities. 

Richard’s extensive experience includes positions with both the federal and provincial governments, authoring and/or co-authoring nearly two dozen publications and editing several collections, as well as teaching at many colleges and universities. 

Richard earned his B.A. from Carleton University, Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa, and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, and was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Award for Humanitarian Excellence with the federal Department of Justice.




St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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