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Mitch Dumas appointed president of Northern College


The Northern College Board of Governors has appointed Mitch Dumas president and CEO.

Born in Mattawa and raised in Timmins, Dumas becomes the college’s ninth president and succeeds Dr. Audrey J. Penner, who retired last year.

“We are very pleased to have found exceptional talent from within the organization to lead Northern College into its next successful chapter and solidify its position as a partner and driver of economic development in its communities,” board chair Jeff Molyneaux is quoted as saying in a news release Thursday.

“Mitch Dumas is an accomplished professional, who blends a solid academic foundation with extensive experience in financial management and organizational strategy.”

Dumas graduated from Northern College, as well as Laurentian University, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, a Masters of Business Administration, a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, and a college diploma.

“He was pivotal in navigating the institution through the recent COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing his adaptability and resilience,” the news release said.

A bilingual leader fluent in English and French, Dumas is celebrated for his strategic thinking, outstanding interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate effectively across diverse groups.

“It is the people who create opportunities for our region,” Dumas said in the news release.

“I am looking forward to exploring ways in which we can collaborate to build an innovative future that speaks to our core purpose of providing education and training in the North, for domestic and international students, and Indigenous learners.”

Dumas’s first day on the job will be Feb 19. His office will be primarily located on the Timmins campus, with regular visits to all other sites.

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