Ron Common has announced his retirement as president of Sault College.
Common, who has helmed the school since 2007, will step down after completing his current term, which ends on Aug. 31, 2023.
Shauna Hynna, chair of the Sault College board of governors, lauded Common and his legacy in a Sept. 22 news release.
“On behalf of the board of governors, we would like to celebrate Dr. Ron Common’s achievements, which are a direct result of sharing an inspiring vision, commitment to our community, and putting our students at the centre of everything,” Hynna said.
“We thank Ron for his exceptional leadership over the last 16 years. He has and continues to inspire others to think and learn differently.
“We want to recognize Ron for being a true champion of equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion that will continue to positively impact our community and beyond for years to come.”
Common's achievements during his tenure are many, but highlights include leading capital construction projects worth $120 million, growing student enrolment, and creating a number of new programs, such as the bachelor of engineering – engineering program and a stand-alone bachelor of science in nursing program.
At 16 years, Common is the college's longest serving president. He called it an honour to have served the school for so long.
“During my time, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by an extraordinary group of people who all have a common goal of fulfilling the dreams of our students. This has been an amazing and exciting journey,” he said in the release.
“Over the years, our college has transformed and grown, and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together. I look forward to watching as Sault College continues on this incredible path.”
Common was initially slated to retire in 2013, but stayed his departure to lead the college through another chapter.