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Sudbury's Cambrian College on the hunt for a new president

Bill Best leaving Sudbury early next year to take finance and administration V-P job with University of New Brunswick
Cambrian College president Bill Best is stepping down effective January, 2023.

Cambrian College announced today that its president, Bill Best, is stepping down, effective January 2023.

Best has served as Cambrian’s president for eight years. He advised the college’s board of governors that he will be concluding his term ahead of schedule to return to his home province of New Brunswick. 

Best has accepted the role of vice-president of finance and administration for the University of New Brunswick. 

“It is with the utmost understanding and respect, though not without disappointment, that the Board of Governors has accepted Bill’s resignation,”  said Jeff Smith, chair of Cambrian’s board of governors. 

Best said in a news release that he is proud of the work he accomplished as Cambrian’s president.

“It has been a true privilege to serve the Cambrian and Sudbury communities these past eight years, and I am most appreciative of the opportunity to lead an incredibly talented and dedicated group of people — it has been the highlight of my leadership career,” said Best. “I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I will truly miss the faculty, staff, and students at the college.”

Best’s last day will be Jan. 3, 2023. Shawn Poland, vice-president of external partnerships and strategic enrolment, and the executive director the of Cambrian College Foundation, will serve as interim president.

Cambrian’s Board of Governors has begun the process of retaining an executive recruitment firm to assist in the search for a new president.