Durham College President Don Lovisa’s contract extended for third term

Durham College (DC) is pleased to announce that President Don Lovisa’s contract has been extended for a third term.  He will remain in the role until March 31, 2021, with an option to renew at that time.

Lovisa, who is DC’s fifth president, was appointed to the role in 2008. With an impressive track record of success and a focus that is always student and employee centered, the college has thrived under his leadership, experiencing significant strategic growth in enrolment, applied research and capital development. He has also helped oversee the introduction of many new market-driven programs, including the college’s very first degree, an Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management.

While working on projects such as the GO Transit expansion to Bowmanville, the Idea Summit Innovation Hub and the review of Durham Region Council representation, Lovisa has developed a reputation for being a leader in the community. His succession of leadership roles with Colleges Ontario have also had a direct influence on the broader college system in Ontario.

“I’m honoured to remain president of Durham College,” said Lovisa. “I’m proud of our institution and the role it plays in providing top-quality experiential learning for students and am looking forward to continuing to drive the college’s growth and success, working alongside its employees and leadership team.”

As president, Lovisa is accountable for the delivery of the college’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Mandate Agreement, in particular: 

  • Providing students with the best possible learning experiences.
  • Optimizing the experience and expertise of the college’s people and helping them make the best possible contribution toward the student experience.
  • Managing resources responsibly and ensuring the college is financially and environmentally sustainable, and demonstrating good governance and support for outstanding teaching and learning.
  • Contributing and responding to the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities.

The DC Board of Governors, , who oversees the president’s role, is confident his leadership will continue to help guide the college into the next chapter of its evolution. “President Lovisa’s unwavering commitment to helping DC achieve its mission that the student experience comes first, while also continuing to drive innovation and research, deepen government and community partnerships and achieve sustainable growth, will serve the college well,” said Dan Borowec, chair, DC Board of Governors.