Portage College has announced that Lac La Biche lawyer Randolph Benson has been named the new board chair.
Benson will serve in the position for a three year term. He also served on the Board of Governors as a public member in 2004 and as board chair from 2008 to 2011. He lives in Lac La Biche and has federal and provincial legal experience.
“Portage College has a strong history of excellent leadership and the appointment of Mr. Benson as the new chair will continue that momentum,” says Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt. “His experience with the college and within the Lac La Biche community will provide the necessary oversight to help the college grow and meet the needs of Alberta’s students. Thank you to past chair Ray Danyluk and acting chair Roy Ripkens for their dedication and service to Portage College.”
“Mr. Benson brings a wealth of local knowledge and governance experience to the Portage College Board,” adds President and CEO of Portage College Dr. Trent Keough. “I had the privilege of working with Randy as board member and as chair, and I look forward to once again benefiting from his guidance and principled decision-making. Welcome back, chairman Benson.”
Benson has experience with the Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court Trial Division, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science major) and Law degree.
In 2006, Benson of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes.