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Alice Wainwright-Steward

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President and CEO, Lakeland College

Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart was appointed Lakeland College’s 9th president and chief executive officer on May 4, 2015.

As president and CEO of Lakeland College, Stewart has overseen substantial growth in capital projects at each campus, including the hairstyling lab/salon, Dairy Learning Centre, Energy Park Site, Animal Health Clinic and Agricultural Technology Centre. She’s also been a champion of the college’s Truth and Reconciliation efforts, expanding applied research in agriculture, and increasing Lakeland’s focus on student-managed enterprises, experiences and events.

Before her appointment as president, she served as the vice president, academic for almost 10 years. During her tenure as a vice president, the college became active in applied research, constructed the Energy Centre and added a variety of new programs including heavy oil power engineering, renewable energy and conservation, street rod technologies, western ranch and cow horse, and sign language interpretation.

Throughout her more than 30-year career at Lakeland, Stewart has served the college in a variety of capacities. She was hired in 1982 to teach evening classes in the early childhood development (ECD) program. In 1984 she became a full-time ECD instructor and a year later, chair of the program.

In the next 10 years she became chair of three additional programs and then took on the dual role of dean and chair of human services programs. As dean, she created the School of Health and Human Services in 1998 and guided its growth to 10 programs.

In addition to her work at Lakeland, Stewart has been involved in various organizations and boards including the Alberta Council for Admissions and Transfers, Alberta Promise Board of Directors, and Child Care Network. She served as chair of the Alberta Provincial Early Childhood Coordinators. Currently she is an active member of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta and The Presidents Leadership Network Coordinating Committee for Canada.

Originally from California, she has worked in diverse educational settings.

Stewart has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a teaching certificate, and a master’s in early childhood education from California State University of Northridge. She also has a doctorate in higher education from the University of Liverpool.

Alice and her husband Alex live near Vermilion, Alberta. She is very involved in English springer spaniel trials and has judged various national championships in both Canada and the United States. As well, she has competed in Alberta and Saskatchewan cutting horse association and been in the Canadian standings. She was also a gold medalist in California’s junior track and field Olympics.