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Eli Ahlquist named new CEO for North West College

New CEO has over 14 years of experience leading post-secondary institutions
Eli Ahlquist
Eli Ahlquist is the new CEO of North West College as of Feb. 1.

NORTH BATTLEFORD - It has been announced that Eli Ahlquist has been named president and chief executive officer for North West College.

He officially assumes duties Feb. 1. Ahlquist takes over from interim CEO Tanis Studney, who filled the role after the departure of the previous CEO Jay Notay in October.

According to a new release from the college, Dr. Ahlquist's qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Regina and a Doctor of Education degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

He is described as "experienced in the development and implementation of institute-wide strategies. These include, strategic plans, operational plans, curriculum and program reviews, profession specific accreditation, Indigenous and international education, continuing education, applied research and government relations, among other notable achievements."

“We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eli Ahlquist has accepted the position of president and CEO," said North West College board chair Byron Merkosky in a statement. "Dr. Ahlquist brings 14-plus years of post-secondary leadership experience to the position from post- secondary institutions in Saskatchewan and Alberta. We believe that Eli will see North West College through these challenging economic times, and provide the direction and leadership to make the college even more successful.”