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Thursday June 5th, 2014

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The longest service president of St. Clair College, Dr. John Strasser has announced he will retire at the end of August 2015.

Dr. Strasser is credited for bring major changes to the college in the past 15 years.

St. Clair College has completed the construction of the Ford Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing; a new addition to the Student Centre; a Centre for Construction, Innovation and Production; a MediaPlex, a TD Student Success Centre and has created the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts in the downtown Windsor core. In 2011, the College completed the construction of the Trades and Technology Centre and the HealthPlex in Chatham, and the Truck and Coach Repair Centre and the Centre for Applied Health Sciences, in Windsor.

In recent years, the College has added the operations of the Capitol Theatre in Chatham and the Woodland Hills Golf Course to its portfolio, as well as, the creation of the Mary Uniac Health Sciences Education Centre at the Chatham campus and is set to open a new state-of-the-art SportsPlex in July 2014, in Windsor.

The entire construction and acquisition value of these initiatives surpasses two hundred million dollars.

Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Strasser has been recognized for his contributions to the community and to Canada. Dr. Strasser was awarded a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 in recognition of his contribution to education and to the community. In 2011, Dr. Strasser received the Negev Award in recognition of excellence in communal leadership and dedicated public service. This was followed in 2012 with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal which recognized his contributions to Canada. In 2008, he was recognized as a “Downtown Hero” by the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association. In 1998, prior to his arrival at the College, he was recognized for his contribution to the minerals industry in Canada with an induction as a Fellow of Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

The seventeen-member Board of Governors, consisting of five College and twelve community members will now begin the search process for the sixth President of St. Clair College.

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