College president talks about CNA’s role

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College of the North Atlantic President Ann Marie Vaughan speaks to the Rotary Club of St. John’s Thursday afternoon.
— Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Ann Marie Vaughan is at the helm of an organization in flux; the College of the North Atlantic just went through restructuring as part of this spring’s provincial budget, and there’s plenty more to come.

Speaking to a Rotary Club of St. John’s luncheon, Vaughan talked about the college’s role in the province.

“We’re looking at the labour market and we’re saying, how can we prepare our students for the careers that exist right now?” Vaughan said. “But we’re also asking an even more important question: how can we prepare students for the careers that will exist in 15 or 30 years from now?”

She acknowledged it has been a tough few months for CNA. The province cut the college’s budget by millions, and moved to privatize adult basic education programming which had been offered through CNA.

Vaughan told reporters that it’s still looking for additional ways to find as much as $4 million in savings.

“We still have $4 million of reductions to make, and that will be related to the staffing side of the operation,” she said. “We are trying to figure out how we do that right.”

She said in addition to the changes the college has made as part of this spring’s provincial budget, it’s involved in an independent review to look at the structure of the college and its leadership conducted by the Hay Group.

“It was very much of an internal consultation process,” she said. “It’s a shift in positions and leadership positions in the college.”

Vaughan stressed that it’s important for CNA to be oriented towards training people for whatever the economy needs.

“We must ensure that our students and our community needs come first. All of this allows CNA to play an important part in Newfoundland and Labrador’s growth,” she said. “Never before in our history have we been so intricately tied to the prosperity of this province.”

Liberal House Leader Andrew Parsons was listening to Vaughan’s speech Thursday; he’s been a persistent critic of some of the college’s actions, and the government’s handling of issues related to CNA.

Parsons said he’s not happy with the budget cuts to the college, and he worries about the effect they’ll have.

Vaughan also took the opportunity Thursday to defend the college’s project in Qatar, which recently signed an extended contract that will ensure continued operation for another three years.

“Our contract, valued at nearly $1 billion, is the largest post-secondary international contract ever awarded to an institution in North America. In fact, most other institutions offer just one program; we offer 34 programs in Qatar,” she said.

Vaughan said that CNA-Qatar was the first campus in th country to conduct classes with male and female students taught together.

“When you think about what’s going on in the world, when you think about that part of the world, that’s fundamentally transformative to a region, and it’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of that,” she said.

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Organizations: CNA, Rotary Club, Hay Group

Geographic location: Qatar, Newfoundland and Labrador, North America

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Recent comments

  • Joe
    June 15, 2013 - 07:18

    A BILLION dollar project! Please give this crap a rest. Such statements mislead people into thinking that NL is getting that amount of money from this project, which is utter nonsense. A forensic audit into legal expenses, lost income tax revenues due to non-resident employees, questionnable use of CNA management time, and many other monetary and non-monetary issues might show the project to be far less attractive than President Vaughan proposes. It also might get certain politicians back to working for our real "tax-payers".

  • Both women are alike is alot of ways
    June 14, 2013 - 19:26

    I TOTALLY AGREE with the comment that... The current PC government meddling and the mismanagement by the new CNA president has brought the place to a new low!!!! Seems like Ms. Kathy Dunderdale & CNA President Ann Marie Vaughan are both tarred with the same brush, they haven't got a clue what is going on within their own surroundings and their misunderstanding of how things are done/ran has now cost a lot of the CNA staff's lives/families to be turned upside down and all this is because of MISMANAGEMENT & the fact that both women haven't got a clue how things are ran....Pam Walsh was a much better President & that is probably why govt got rid of her!!!!

  • CNAQ Employee
    June 14, 2013 - 14:55

    @Neville Green, Starr is correct. Dr. Ken McLeod is very accessible to employees and is very much an 'on campus' president. There are issues, but his availability is not one of them.

    • Employee CNAQ
      June 14, 2013 - 15:06

      Yes, he will stop all day to speack to us in cordialities. But he promised us an employment survey for over three years and guess what - nothing. His newsletters are complete fluff and simply an attempt to put a positive spin on art shows and other meaningless events. Also, he will not discuss any real issues around contract or champion us to CNA. He also hasn't held a a single auditorium question and answer session since the has been hired. Don't get me wrong, I like him but really he has sold his soul like the rest of them here. He is a puppet.

  • Starr
    June 14, 2013 - 11:02

    @Neville green - It may be true that CNA management come to CNA-Q and do not meet with employees and are not see around campus, but the President of CNA-Q is quite visible on campus and is very approachable and available.

    • Sharon
      June 14, 2013 - 15:01

      I agree - he is a nice man but he is a complete figurehead and tells us as much. He is not a President in any real sense of the word. He writes his cutesy newsletters, draws his big paycheque and in private lets us know he disagrees with CNA's treatment of us. But he too is afraid to step up cuz 'Hes been told". The other leaders in Qatar are exactly that same but they are pretty well invisible. Its a good gig I was told, don't rock the boat. This is not a real College.

    • martha
      June 15, 2013 - 13:42

      Couldn't have said it better myself

  • Jason Smith
    June 14, 2013 - 10:36

    Why can't they cut back on the millions that they pay to law firms in St. John' s and Qatar? With the money they have wasted on lawyers(covering up for Management corruption) they could have opened the CNA Law School by now. The PC Government let the Qataris throw Canadian values out the window for the desperate hope they might finance Muskrat Falls or other ventures. What a mess.

  • Patricia R
    June 14, 2013 - 10:10

    I was in Qatar for many years. The employees there did everything they could to make the College a reputable place of learning. The current PC government meddling and the mismanagement by the new CNA president has brought the place to a new low. There are so many examples of destruction and deliberate attacks on employees that it cannot be saved. I don't know why the State does not take it over once and for all.

  • Neville Green
    June 14, 2013 - 10:06

    Agreed, the entire campus in Qatar is run by a small group of minions and puppets from a tiny office in Stephenville. They make decisions from 7,000 miles away and never meet with anyone in Qatar when they are there. The project manager has never met with any employees, neither has the CNA President or even the so called President of CNAQ. They come to Qatar unannounced, hiding their presence when they do. They will be here again in a few days for the JOB meeting. Once again, they will skulk around, avoiding people and then scurrying like rats back to the airport. Its despicable what they are doing to the once wonderful school. I call on the CNA President to meet with us in a general assembly when she comes over here. Just once, I would like to see her face the employees whose lives she is destroying.

  • Wally Janes
    June 14, 2013 - 09:03

    AMV is still touting the old line about the value of the contract. This is what has been spent in Qatar not what CNA has gotten from the project. Meanwhile, the puppet masters at CNA are destroying the lives of employees in Qatar daily with their remote heavy handed management. They have thrown away all their Canadian values in their greed over this project. It is a textbook case in curuption, greed, mismanagement, government interference and arrogance. Sound familiar?