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RDP welcomes new Associate Vice President, Academic

Mar 12, 2024
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Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) is pleased to announce Chad Flinn is the institution’s new Associate Vice President, Academic (AVPA). Bringing a wealth of experience in education, research and administration, Mr. Flinn is an excellent addition to the Polytechnic’s leadership team. 

In this role, Mr. Flinn will play a key part in promoting teaching excellence and academic integrity across RDP. He will lead efforts in program expansion, quality assurance and the enhancement of learning and teaching standards. His responsibilities include guiding the Career Education and Experience Development (CEED) department and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CTLS). 

“Mr. Flinn’s extensive experience and innovative approach to education make him the ideal candidate to help us continue to evolve and meet the needs of our students and the community,” says Lindsay Engel, Vice President, Academic and Student Experience. “His proven leadership and commitment to Indigenization, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion, align well with our strategic goals and the type of institution we strive to be.” 

“I am deeply honoured and excited to join the Red Deer Polytechnic team. Education is not just about imparting knowledge; it's about creating an environment where every student can thrive, innovate, and contribute to our community's growth,” comments Chad Flinn, RDP’s new Associate Vice President, Academic. 

“I am committed to fostering an academic culture at RDP that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and aligned with the evolving needs of our students and industry. Together, we will build pathways that not only lead to academic excellence but also instill a lifelong passion for learning, discovery, and making a meaningful impact.”  

Having previously served as Dean of Trades and Technology at Medicine Hat College, Mr. Flinn led the development of the Centre for Innovation and a comprehensive Work-integrated Learning framework. His efforts have not only transformed educational environments but also significantly contributed to the practical and industry-aligned educational offerings, with sustainability at the forefront. 

Mr. Flinn has been recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to improving apprenticeship education and integrating EDI principles into educational programs. His leadership within the National Council of Deans of Apprenticeship, Trades, and Technology, and his contributions to the Commonwealth of Learning, have notably expanded his global outlook and engagement strategies. 

Mr. Flinn will begin his new role at RDP on April 1, 2024.

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