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Don Lovisa

President of Durham College, Durham College

Don Lovisa became the fifth president of Durham College in 2008, the latest posting in a distinguished post-secondary career that has spanned over 34 years.

Lovisa arrived at Durham College in July 2007 as vice-president, Academic. Prior to that, he served as dean of the School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he spent more than 20 years in various positions. Lovisa has worked internationally, consulting and providing training and teaching in the areas of globalization, market-driven economic transition, international trade, and entrepreneurship, and business development.

Active in the college and the broader community, Lovisa has recently served as Chair of Colleges Ontario and co-chair of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).

Durham College has thrived under his leadership, realizing significant strategic growth in students, buildings, learning spaces, and reputation. Lovisa has led new investment to the college with over $190 million in capital expansion and renewal of the campus. During his tenure, enrollment has grown to more than 13,800 full-time post-secondary students, along with another 1,400 in apprenticeship studies.

Lovisa has a Master’s degree in International Management , a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a diploma in Adult Education, and he has completed the required course work for a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership.  

As president, he remains dedicated to students and their post-secondary success, while driving new strategies to support students, employees, and community, now and in the future.