Jan. 11, 2021Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University’s office of the vice-provost: teaching and learning has appointed Lindsay Tayler (MBA ‘20) as director: office of continuing education for a one-year acting term beginning Jan. 11, 2021.
Tayler completed her Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration at Laurier. After completing her BBA, she joined Laurier’s Department of Residence in a professional capacity supporting first year students in their transition to post-secondary education.
She joined the Office of Continuing Education (formerly named the Office of Professional Development) in 2017 where she served as the coordinator of professional development, creating, managing, and evaluating non-credit courses, certificates and programs to meet the evolving continuing education needs of adult students. During this time, she oversaw the portfolio’s operating budget and her strategic direction produced measurable growth in program enrollment and revenue.
“I am happy to welcome Lindsay to our Teaching and Learning leadership team,” says Mary Wilson, Laurier’s vice-provost: teaching and learning. “She is a skilled professional and a highly respected colleague with experience working with business and program partners, students, faculty and other community members to develop and manage sought-after professional development and lifelong learning programs. Her passion and expertise will help expand Laurier’s position in the continuing education market.”
Her history at Laurier also includes leading the adoption of Destiny One, Laurier’s new continuing education e-commerce platform, and a part-time secondment experience with Communitech. During the secondment to the Waterloo Region Future of Work and Learning Coalition, she established a strong partnership with Communitech and other coalition partners to explore and experiment non-traditional models of work. The term for this role ends in March 2021.
“Lindsay’s history of community engagement and years of experience in shepherding Laurier's former Office of Professional Development forward through technological advancements and changing delivery models has resulted in robust partnerships and engaging lifelong learning opportunities," says Wilson.
As director: office of continuing education, Tayler will set priorities for program development and renewal, and establish an institutional direction for lifelong learning. Her portfolio will focus on collaborating with faculty, staff, and academic leadership to advance key pillars of Laurier’s Strategic Plan, including credential innovation, enriching community partnerships and future-readiness.
“As a proud Alumnae with experience working and learning with undergraduate, graduate and non-credit student populations, I am passionate about the diversity of perspectives included in what we consider the student experience,” says Tayler. “I am eager to help new and existing members of our broad learning community experience the quality and innovation that continuing education at Laurier has to offer.”
Tayler’s term as acting director ends on January 14, 2022. During the fall term, the office of the vice-provost: teaching and learning will begin the recruitment process to identify a permanent candidate.
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