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Vertha Coligan, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Vertha Coligan

Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Vertha earned an M.B.A. and a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa, a B.A. (English) from Carlton and most recently is a graduate of the Institute for Management & Leadership in Higher Education through Harvard University.

Vertha has extensive experience in higher education, previously acting as the Dean of the Faculty of Technology at Fanshawe for 6 years. Vertha strategically grew enrolment, improved retention and led the development of new and redesigned programs across a range of credentials in the fields of engineering, construction management, electronics, aviation and chemical technology.

Before arriving at Fanshawe, Vertha served as Chair of the Department of Architecture, Civil & Building Science and Chair of the Department of Applied Science and Environmental Technology at Algonquin College, where she led teams that offered a wide selection of programs and services in the School of Advanced Technology (SAT). Prior to becoming Chair, she served as Coordinator of Biotechnology and General Education in SAT. With a total of 22 years of experience as a professor and coordinator and 10 years as an academic administrator, Vertha has a deep understanding of what it means to be both an academic and an academic administrator.

She is currently completing the research component of her Ph.D. studies at Western University. Her research is focused on studying Female College Presidents in Ontario and the Creation of Trust in Executive Leadership Teams.