OAC’s Kemptville campus gets new chief

The University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) has tapped a planning consultant and former Saskatchewan college executive to head its Kemptville campus.

Dr. Claude Naud was named last week as the director of the Kemptville campus, replacing Dr. Renee Bergeron, who had held the post on an interim basis since last May while also running Campus d’Alfred.

As director, Naud is to head the activities at the main campus of Kemptville and its research stations at Winchester, New Liskeard and Emo, for a five-year term starting Aug. 23.

Guelph’s campus at Kemptville, about 45 km south of Ottawa, is an academic, research and service unit within OAC and now teaches about 235 undergraduate degree and diploma students.

Naud, who until now has worked as a consultant in the fields of strategic planning, organization renewal and program development, previously served as senior vice-president, academic, for the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) from 1998 to 2006.

SIAST, which runs campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, is that province’s main institution for skills training and technical education.

Naud, who retired from the Canadian Forces in 1998, has an engineering degree from Royal Military College, a master’s in education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and an education doctorate from the University of Calgary.

While in the Forces he held several command appointments, including station commander, squadron commander, commandant and vice-chancellor at Royal Roads Military College and director of space development.

“I am really excited about this unique opportunity to help shape and prepare the next generation of Ontario producers and entrepreneurs to compete in one of the most dynamic and strategic sectors of our economy,” Naud said in a release last week.

“I believe the Kemptville campus with its rich history of accomplishments and dedicated staff is well positioned to meet this challenge and make that important contribution for a better future.”

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