Cumberland College and Parkland College form new coalition

Parkland College and Cumberland College are embarking on a partnership that will result in the two colleges sharing a president/CEO and a single Board of Governors.

“Both Parkland College and Cumberland College are without a permanent CEO at this time. The two colleges are taking a shared leadership role in developing a future path for the regional college system in in Saskatchewan,” said Corinna Stevenson, Cumberland College Board Chair.

A joint steering committee will lead the search for the shared CEO position. A target hire date has been set for April 30, 2019. The time frame seeks to bring clarity and stability to both colleges and the staff, learners, and communities who depend on them.

The recommendation for the coalition between the two colleges was made by the Task Force on Regional College Efficiency which includes Board Chairs and College CEOs from across the province. The process to seek board and government approval is now underway and remains a key factor prior to formal implementation of the new coalition.

“The priority is to maintain our local presence and provide high quality education for adults in our region,” said Raymond Sass, Board Chair of Parkland College. “In times of change, it’s essential to be open and transparent. We are committed to updating our students, staff, and the community throughout the process.”

Regular updates will be provided as the partnership progresses.

About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The college offers a superior learning and campus experience with locations in Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy, Canora, and Kamsack.

About Cumberland College:
Since 1975, Cumberland College has been providing high quality training and education programs for adults in northeastern Saskatchewan. Campuses are located in Nipawin, Melfort, and Tisdale.


For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Corinna Stevenson
Board Chairperson
Cumberland College
Phone: 306-921-7452

Lynn Verklan
Interim CEO
Cumberland College
Phone: 306-862-8751