Northern Lakes College President announces her retirement

Northern Lakes College’s President, Ann Everatt, will be retiring fall of 2020. Everatt served NLC for seven years, having started in June 2013.

Everatt says there’s lots of things to be proud of in regards to her time running the college.

“I’m proud of an awful lot of stuff from Northern Lakes College, let me tell you, it’s very good. I guess what I’m most proud of is that we have maintained our values. At our college, the valued access to programming, our rural and community outreach to our program for our students, all of that. Our huge geographic region have access to all of our programs.”

Everatt expresses that she’s not just proud of the college itself, but of the students who attend as well, stating they’ve done ‘exceptionally well’.

“We have so many students that are working to be teachers and nurses and power engineers and skilled tradespeople. I’m just incredibly proud of the whole college— the college community in itself— every one of my college staff are devoted to the students and the programming, and we all live by those values, and I’m very proud of that.”

Everatt continues by saying how she’s proud of collaborations that’d happened under her watch as well.

“Collaboration is the way of the future, and we collaborate with other institutions, we’re delivering programs into three other post-secondary institutions across Alberta, we’re collaborating with universities to bring degree programs into our community with the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, we’ll be able to deliver [things like a] social work program. And we’re partnered with our community! Many of our communities have provided a state to be able to open a campus in that community, and I’m really grateful that we’ve opened a number of new campuses— or buildings. We’ve got three new campuses either being built or having been built in the last seven years, and I’m proud of the Government of Alberta that supported the building of those facilities, and we’ve got a few more planned!”

She expressed that she’s excited for the future, and that many things wouldn’t have been able to built without the support of communities. However, as great as things are, Everatt says she wants to spend time with her family.

“One of the big reasons I’m retiring is because my daughter and her husband and my grandson are so far away. I have a little two and a half year old grandson that I want to spend time with, and I want to be a big part of their life, and that’s one of the major reasons for me going, it’s been really difficult because they’re so far away.”

Everatt expresses that she wants to thank all the communities, because they have been a huge support. She states she’ll be ‘coming to visit before [she] go[es]’, and she wants to thank them all personally for the support they’ve given the college.

-Ridley Reiser, Trending 55 Newsroom