May 27, 2013
NAIT selects new provost and vice-president academic
NAIT is pleased to announce that Dr. Neil Fassina has been selected as the institute’s new provost and vice-president academic.
Fassina, former dean of NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business and School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, officially commences his new role today.
Holding a PhD in organizational behavior and human resources from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Fassina brings a focus on strategy and people to the role. Fassina will continue to champion student success and will lead NAIT’s academic model – with a focus on providing greater access to NAIT’s programs, enhancing flexible pathways and fostering holistic student success.
“I am excited to be taking on this new opportunity, where I will lead, champion, and represent NAIT with pride, dedication, innovation, energy and initiative,” said Fassina. “Through a focus on NAIT’s long-term vision and our promises to Alberta, industry, students, and staff alike, NAIT will continue to be essential to Alberta’s future.”
Prior to joining NAIT, Fassina was the department head of business administration with the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Fassina has also taught at the University of Calgary and worked independently as an executive educator and consultant in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
”NAIT is a leading polytechnic that plays an essential role in building prosperity in Alberta,” said Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO. “Dr. Fassina and NAIT share an entrepreneurial spirit. I believe that through embracing this spirit and focusing on the needs of Alberta, NAIT will be recognized as the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada and one of the world’s leading polytechnics.”
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations.
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