The front entrance to the Humber Learning Resource Centre at the North Campus.

Humber College has appointed Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan as its new president and CEO. Dr. Vaughan is the first woman to hold the position and is the fifth president and CEO in Humber’s history. 

Dr. Vaughan, who comes to Humber from Loyalist College in Belleville, says she is thrilled to be joining a strong team of faculty and staff dedicated to student success.  

“Humber is Canada’s pre-eminent college. I’m inspired by Humber’s values and strategic priorities and all the ways in which Humber helps people gain the knowledge and skills they need to lead and innovate,” said Ann Marie Vaughan.  

She will begin her term on August 29, 2022, following the retirement of current president, Dr. Chris Whitaker at the end of June. 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Humber College's new president and CEO.

“The selection of Ann Marie Vaughan as the first woman to be Humber’s president and CEO is a historical appointment,” said Ana Fernandes, Chair, Humber College Board of Governors. “Throughout the selection process, Dr. Vaughan proved herself to be the ideal person to lead Humber into the post-pandemic future of learning, teaching and strengthen the College’s unique approach to polytechnic education.” 

Dr. Vaughan notes she is excited about amplifying stories about the many achievements of Humber students and alumni who embody Humber’s national reputation and the value of polytechnic learning.

She brings more than 30 years of post-secondary success and experience to Humber. She is known for driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development through applied research, unique hands-on experiential learning opportunities, and industry partnerships.  

Dr. Vaughan has been President and CEO of Loyalist College since 2016 where she successfully drove an ambitious growth plan that strengthened Loyalist’s financial positioning, and saw the College take on a new strategic direction. Prior to that she was the president and CEO of the College of the North Atlantic, in Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2011-2016. In 2015, she was recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada.  

“Dr. Vaughan has been a driving force in the post-secondary sector for more than three decades,” said Linda Franklin, president and CEO, Colleges Ontario. “She will bring her extensive experience and focus on educational excellence to Humber College, the largest college in Canada and help continue their history of leadership and transformation.”

Dr. Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University; certificates in Public Administration and Business from Memorial University; a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University/Memorial University. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Calgary in 2015. 

More information can be found in the media release about Dr. Vaughan’s appointment on our website.