Sprott-Shaw Community College’s Prince George campus is set to have a new director beginning September, with Alan Timberlake being replaced with the current director of Sprott-Shaw’s Edmonton branch Philip Hannis.
Regional director Maggie Harvie said that Timberlake was leaving for personal reasons. Timberlake could not be reached for comment at press time.
Hannis said he’s “excited to be in Prince George and to make new friends” and become part of a new community.
Hannis has been part of Sprott-Shaw Colleges across the world for the past six years, leaving his job as a management and marketing consultant at Hannis and Associates, a small company he founded and worked at for 10 years as a senior consultant. Hannis and Associates worked for a variety of organizations, from film, working on their financial marketing, to working for non-profits across the world.
It’s the experience he gained through working and founding the company that qualified him for his first job at Sprott-Shaw as an instructor of business management and international trade at the New Westminster campus, a position he held for four years.
On why he chose to leave his position as senior consultant he said he “just decided to take a different path.”
Following the four-year stint in New Westminster he went on to teach at the Jordanian Canadian College in Amman, Jordan for a year on an exchange basis. The Jordanian Canadian College teaches students using a Sprott-Shaw curriculum, and awards Sprott-Shaw degrees, “adopting Canadian education methods,” Hannis said. He taught the Jordanians the same curriculum he taught the Canadian students.
The year in Jordan was followed by a year as director for the Edmonton branch of the Sprott-Shaw College network a position that ends August 15. Hannis plans on being in Prince George by the last week of August in order to meet up with and talk in person to the people that he has been in communication with for the past while.
Depending on need and his availability Hannis also said it’s possible he teaches business courses again, and that he’d be willing to do so.
“There’s a great psychological reward to teaching … I may well teach again,” he said.
Sprott-Shaw Community Colleges have existed since 1903, though the Prince George location has only been around for about five.
Timberlake is credited by Harvie for having helped create the trades program at the Prince George campus, which so far consists of an entry level carpentry program. There are currently 15 students in the six-month program.
The Prince George Sprott-Shaw Community College currently offers courses in business management, residential framing construction technician, legal assistance, residential care attendant, community support worker, and administration. They plan on starting a Licensed Practical Nursing program in January.
Hannis officially begins his new position as director of Prince George’s Sprott-Shaw Community College September 17.