Dr. Tim Heath is coming home. On January 10th, Heath became Grande Prairie Regional Colleges new Vice-President of Academics and Research. He attended GPRC for two years between 1976 and 1978 and says he’s looking forward to coming back.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for me to return to Grande Prairie and GPRC. I’m looking forward to being part of creating new opportunities for students to complete degrees in northwestern Alberta.”

Heath has more than 15 years of experience working in post-secondary education. He’s previously worked at Ambrose University, Red Deer College and most recently, was the Dean of the Centre for Applied Arts and Sciences at Lethbridge College.

In his new role, he will lead faculty and staff so that they can offer a broader range of programming and services for students. GPRC President and CEO Don Gnatiuk says the move will really help as the college works towards degree-granting status.

“Dr. Heath brings a wealth of experience for our faculty and staff as GPRC makes the transition to a degree-granting institution. His work with the Campus Alberta Quality Council has been extensive, so he brings invaluable experience to the academic division at GPRC and our future as a degree-granting institution.”

The college’s previous Vice-President of Academics and Research, Susan Bansgrove, retired in June after holding the position for 10 years.