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Board of Governors announces new Chair, Vice Chair

August 5, 2013

Kathy O’Rourke, the new chair of the Holland College Board of Governors, and Kent Scales, incoming vice chair and chair of the finance committee.

Kathy O’Rourke, the new chair of the Holland College Board of Governors, and Kent Scales, incoming vice chair and chair of the finance committee.

Charlottetown, PE – The Holland College Board of Governors elected a new chair and vice chair recently, Holland College president Brian McMillan announced today.

Kathy O’Rourke is the new chair, taking over from Stan MacPherson. She has been a member of the college’s board of governors since in 2010, most recently serving as vice chair. Kent Scales has been elected as vice chair of the board of governors and chair of the finance committee.

Dr. McMillan said he is looking forward to working with the board’s new executive team.

“Mr. MacPherson’s leadership has been exemplary, especially during a time of both unprecedented growth and financial restraint. We are grateful for his years of service, and pleased that he will remain on the board until his term concludes in 2014. I am confident that Ms. O’Rourke and Mr. Scales will continue the exemplary work of the executive.”

Ms. O’Rourke said that she is excited about taking over the position of chair.

“Working alongside Stan over the past few years, and learning more about Holland College and its place in our community, I am thrilled to be able to take over the reins and continue to move the college forward,” she said.

Ms. O’Rourke will be the twenty-fourth Chair of the Board of Governors since the inception of Holland College in 1969.

The Holland College Board of Governors is comprised of representatives from the college’s faculty and students, and from the community. The formulation, review and adoption of policies and regulations are the primary methods by which the board exercises its leadership in the governance of the college. In addition, board members have fiduciary responsibilities for college finances. As advocates for Holland College, board members enhance the college’s reputation by promoting the college in their day to day business activities.

Kathy O’Rourke received her chartered accountant designation in 1993. She is currently a partner with Grant Thornton LLP, a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. Kathy has over 20 years of experience in public accounting, financial and management consulting. She practices primarily in the areas of assurance and business advisory services, servicing clients in a wide variety of sectors, including hospitality, farming and public sector. She also serves on the board of CAA Atlantic, and is past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Prince Edward Island.

Kent Scales joined the Holland College Board of Governors in May, 2010. He obtained his BBA from the University of Prince Edward Island, and is the CEO of Scales Group of Companies, which includes companies such as ServiceMaster of PEI, Robin’s Donuts and Landfest. He is a board member and shareholder of ViTRAK Systems Inc, and Advantage Communications, and is an active volunteer for a number of charitable causes such as the Canadian Red Cross and the Children’s Wish Foundation. Scales served as Deputy Minister of Tourism from 2004 to 2007, and as CEO of PEI Business Development from 2000 to 2004.


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