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The Office of the President of Grant MacEwan Community College was established with the appointment of its first president, John L. Haar. He accepted the Board of Governors' offer on October 16, 1970, and took office on January 1, 1971.
John L. Haar (1971-1981), Gerald Kelly (1981-1996 ), Harry Davis (Acting President, 1996-1997), Paul Byrne (1997-2011), David Atkinson (2011-2017), Deborah Saucier (2017-2019), John McGrath (Acting President, 2019-).
MacEwan University's presidents are appointed by its Board of Governors, which has been granted this power by the Post-Secondary Learning Act. As outlined in University Policy B2310 President & CEO Search & Selection Evaluation and Compensation, the President is appointed by the Board as the Chief Executive Officer of the University. As such, the President reports to and is accountable to the Board for the successful operation of the University, development and implementation of a Board-approved strategic plan, advancing and executing policy recommendations and ensuring adherence to the institution’s approved mandate.
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