Published on August 10, 2021
NAIT is pleased to welcome Melanie Rogers as the polytechnic’s new vice-president external relations. Reporting to the President and CEO, she will lead a broad portfolio including marketing, communications, digital and web strategy, fundraising and alumni relations.
With over 20 years' experience within the Alberta post-secondary sector, Rogers brings a keen understanding of and passion for higher education.
Rogers comes to NAIT from Mount Royal University (MRU) where she has led the marketing and communications portfolio for the past seven years following a series of leadership roles there. As associate vice-president of marketing and communications, she played a key role in the development of the strategic plan framework, launched several successful brand and marketing campaigns, and led the MRU crisis communication team through various challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before joining MRU in 2004, Rogers held positions at Red Deer College, Augustana University College and the University of Alberta. She also served as the executive director of the Red Deer Downtown Business Association.
Rogers joins NAIT’s executive team at an exciting time, as the institute gets ready to launch a new strategic plan, celebrate its 60th anniversary and welcome thousands of students to campus for the fall semester.
Rogers will start at NAIT on Monday, August 16.
“I'm thrilled to be joining NAIT later this summer. NAIT is ideally positioned within our provincial post-secondary landscape, and it is vital to Alberta's future. It will be exciting to lead the External Relations portfolio with so much opportunity on the horizon." - Melanie Rogers, incoming Vice-President, External Relations
“Melanie’s extensive post-secondary experience and dedication to higher education in our province really stood out as the best fit for NAIT. Just as we do, Melanie sees NAIT as vital to Alberta’s future and well-positioned to deliver on the promises that will contribute to student success and the economic recovery of the province. We’re very excited to have her join us and to lead our diverse and vibrant external relations portfolio and teams.” - Laura Jo Gunter, NAIT President & CEO
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With 35,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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