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Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College, Receives ACCC Distinguished Service Award

Halifax, May 27, 2012 – Brian G. Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College, Ontario, was recognized today for distinguished service during his thirty year career in the Canadian college system.

President Tamblyn is well known and respected for his work in the college sector, both nationally and internationally. His extraordinary ability to build strong relationships with individuals, private industry, government, and throughout Canada’s post-secondary system has provided immeasurable benefit to Georgian College, and to post-secondary education as a whole. He has earned the trust of corporate partners, colleagues and academic peers from across the country as an innovator, strategist and staunch advocate for colleges. Closer to home, he has been an exceptional role model for staff and students through his personal commitment to community causes, including as Chair of the Lake Simcoe Environmental Committee.

In his distinguished career, President Tamblyn’s notable influence on higher education has stretched from southern Georgian Bay, Ontario and nationally, extending to such far reaches as India, China and the United Arab Emirates. During his term as President and CEO, Georgian set enrolment records, with full-time enrolment growing an impressive 71 percent since his appointment in 1999. President Tamblyn announced, last November, that he will retire from Georgian College, effective June 30, 2012, after 30 years of service.

“In Brian Tamblyn’s years of service to the college network, he has distinguished himself as Chair of ACCC’s College Presidents’ Network (2006-2008), and as a Member of the ACCC National Task Force Group addressing New Careers in the New Economy (1998-2001),” said James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “The status and success of colleges today is testimony to Brian’s vision and work. He will be greatly missed among our greater post-secondary community.”

The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed by ACCC’s Presidents Leadership Network upon members, current or past, in honour of exceptional service and outstanding contribution to Canadian colleges at the local, regional and national levels. A backgrounder on Mr. Tamblyn’s accomplishments is online.

The Award was presented at the biennial congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, hosted by ACCC in Halifax, May 26 to 29, 2012.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities across Canada.


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