Newly Established Role Ensures Better Student Experience
As Selkirk College continues to deliver excellence in education and training, a new position has been created to ensure students are receiving the best experience possible. Selkirk College President Angus Graeme announced in early June that Rhonda Schmitz will be taking on the new role.
Below is his announcement:
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Rhonda Schmitz to the position of Director, Student Development. Rhonda has been with Selkirk College since 2003 has served as Human Services faculty in the School of Health & Human Services, five years as Chair of that school, and the last four years as Dean of Instruction responsible for University Arts & Sciences, Academic Upgrading & Development, Business, and the Mir Centre for Peace. Her academic and professional success encompasses child and youth care, professional counseling in mental health and addictions, advocacy for persons with disabilities, adult education and teaching, and senior level public administration.
In this newly established role, Rhonda will be responsible for operationalizing the Student Services Plan, developing new student support initiatives under the Student Services Fee and providing leadership on student experience, healthy campus, and retention initiatives. She will lead the overall operation of the Student Development department/division and will also be expected to play a lead role in the ongoing work of indigenization, internationalization, and student life and wellness efforts.
Rhonda's portfolio includes the Student Access & Support (SAS) Department (including Aboriginal Services; Assessment and Invigilation, Learning Support, Counseling and Disability Support), Co-op & Employment Services, Recreation & Athletics, and Health Promotion/Healthy Campus.
We will be moving quickly to replace Rhonda in her current position as dean and hope to have that position filled before the start of the 2016 academic year.