The Board of Governors of Athabasca University introduced Dr. Neil Fassina as its eighth
President on Wednesday August 17, 2016. Dr. Fassina will take office on October 11, 2016 for a five-year term. He comes to AU from NAIT, where he was Dean of the J. R. Shaw School of Business and, since 2013, Provost and Vice President Academic. Dr. Fassina was selected by s search committee which excluded members from Athabasca University’s three employee groups, CUPE 3911, AUPE, and AUFA.
“This is a tremendous institution with a history of seeing beyond the immediate and reaching for the future,” said Dr. Fassina. “I am going to hit the ground listening and will be working with people from throughout the organization and government to address the pressures and challenges facing us….I have great confidence, however, that the tools and ability to create stability and sustainability at Athabasca are within our institution’s DNA,” he added.
Prior to being hired by NAIT in 2011, Dr. Fassina was a tenured associate professor with the I. H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, following a position as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Calgary. He holds a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto where he also instructed. He is a certified human resources professional (CHRP) and a designated director through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
At the announcement of his appointment to AU, Fassina stated that he intends to consult broadly and deeply within the Athabasca University and its stakeholders. “My commitment to everyone involved in Athabasca University and our community is this: Together, we will build on our strengths as a proud comprehensive academic research institution. I am confident that Athabasca University can emerge even stronger as a student-focused open university and global leader in online and distance education, research and technology.”
Note: Photo from N. Fassina LinkedIn profile