Grande Prairie Regional College Announces Vice-President, Academic and Research Appointment
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
GPRC appoints Dr. Vanessa Sheane as Vice-President, Academic and Research
Grande Prairie, Alberta - Dr. Vanessa Sheane has been appointed Vice-President, Academic and Research of GPRC. The announcement was made by GPRC Acting President and CEO Glenn Feltham in advance of the Fall 2021 semester.
Much of Dr. Sheane’s life and career has centred on GPRC. She is a proud alumnus and is passionate about the institution.
“Dr. Sheane is a respected academic and strong leader - she is trusted and respected,” says Acting President and CEO, Glenn Feltham. “She understands and believes in our institution - as a former student, faculty member and leader. We will all benefit from her knowledge and experience, as well as her genuine and persistent drive to elevate the post-secondary experience in northwestern Alberta.”
Dr. Sheane was a tenured faculty member with the Department of Nursing Education and Health Studies. She first began teaching at GPRC in 2012, became the Dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Career Studies in 2020, and more recently took over as Interim Vice-President, Academic and Research.
“I am excited and honoured to have this opportunity to lead the Academic Division at GPRC during this historic time of change,” says Dr. Vanessa Sheane, Vice-President, Academic and Research. “I am very much looking forward to strengthening the relationship with our communities, industry, future students, and to growing regional connections. We have a great opportunity for collective impact, and I intend to sharpen our focus on enrolment, academic program mix, applied research, and the overall student experience.”
Dr. Sheane has been integral in advancing key programming initiatives at GPRC. This year, the institution was able to launch two new health career pathways thanks to Dr. Sheane’s vision, leadership and work with partners across disciplines. To learn more about Dr. Sheane, please visit our Executive Page.