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.