Dr. Ray Block will be taking over as Northern Alberta Institute of Technology president and CEO on an interim basis starting in December.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has a new president and CEO, at least on an interim basis.The school’s board of governors chose Dr. Ray Block during their meeting on Tuesday. He will take on the role starting Dec. 16. Block served as NAIT’s vice-president administration and chief financial officer and is a school alumnus.“Ray will provide high-quality leadership and stability for NAIT while we continue to recruit a new president and CEO,” said board chair Ray Pisani in a news release. “He has built effective relationships with government, business and industry leaders, other post-secondary organizations and many professional support services.”NAIT has been on the hunt for a new president and CEO since Dr. Glenn Feltham said he would be retiring this December.Block has been a member of the polytechnic’s executive committee since 2011 and oversaw information and technology services, financial and corporate services, facilities management and development, human resources and general counsel services. He also served as vice-president of finance and administration at Athabasca University before coming to NAIT. He also held senior positions at the University of Alberta, the Alberta mental health board and at other public and private organizations. He was also a board member of Alberta Health Services.Block has a background in accounting, holds a PhD in public health sciences, a master’s in agriculture in economics and a bachelor’s in commerce.NAIT said recruitment for a permanent president and CEO has already started and hope to have someone in place by summer firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/jefflabine