10:09 AM


The following memo from Interim President Robert Carrington was sent to all Mohawk College faculty and staff this morning.

To: All Faculty and Staff

From: Robert Carrington, Interim President

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2014


It is with very mixed emotions that I announce that Cheryl Jensen has been appointed President of Algonquin College. True to form, Cheryl will be leaving Mohawk on August 22nd and beginning work at Algonquin on August 25th.

Cheryl joined Mohawk as a professor in 1983 and has served as Dean, Executive Dean, Vice President of Engineering Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training and Vice President Academic. Among Cheryl’s impressive list of achievements is the development and launch of Canada’s first Bachelor of Technology collaborative degree program with McMaster University and the award-winning Hydro One – College Consortium. Cheryl also led the $27 million transformation of our Stoney Creek campus and was a driving force behind the successful launch and growth of our applied research and access initiatives.

Cheryl’s contributions to the Ontario college system and our community have been recognized with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Silver Award for Leadership Excellence and a Women of Distinction Award from YWCA Hamilton.

Mohawk is fortunate to have a strong academic team who will carry on in Cheryl’s absence. Piero Cherubini has been appointed interim Vice President Academic. The decision on Cheryl’s successor will be made by incoming President Ron McKerlie, who joins Mohawk on August 5th.

Cheryl will be at Algonquin College today and Friday and returning to Mohawk on Monday. You are invited to join Cheryl’s many college and community friends at an early evening farewell reception to be held on August 19th in the Arnie starting at 4:30 p.m. The Cheryl Jensen Scholarship for Women in Technology has been established in Cheryl’s honour and donations can be made online through the Mohawk College Foundation.

On a personal note, it was a great honour to work closely with Cheryl for the past five years. You would be hard pressed to find anyone at Mohawk who is more proud of our students, faculty and staff and who believes more passionately in the power of a college education to transform lives and build stronger communities.

Please join me in congratulating Cheryl on her appointment as Algonquin's first female President and thanking her for remarkable contributions to Mohawk College over the past three decades.