The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is pleased to welcome Dr. David Porter as Associate Vice President, Education Support and Innovation, starting June 15, 2015. David, who comes to the institute from Simon Fraser University (SFU), has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. As the project manager for Simon Fraser University’s Task Force on Flexible Education, David helped develop a strategic plan for implementing and supporting flexible education at the university. Prior to his time at SFU, David spent 11 years at BCcampus, where he led a team that brought several innovative initiatives into the BC post-secondary sector, including Canada’s first open textbook program, a shared services approach to providing instructional technologies to institutions, and a student data service initiative that provides secure and reliable transfer of digital transcripts among BC institutions.
David Porter is also an instructor in the Master of Educational Technology (MET) program at the University of British Columbia, and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council for the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. A long-time advocate for new technology tools in educational institutions, Dr. Porter will lead academic planning and quality assurance at BCIT. As a senior member of BCIT’s Educational Leadership Team, he will also be responsible for driving innovation in support of educational technology at the institution.
“I’m delighted to be joining BCIT, an institution that provides its students with skills and knowledge that are vital for their personal success as citizens, and as members of the workforce, “said Dr. Porter. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to be chosen to take on a key role in a team that will lead BCIT forward as it celebrates its first 50 years of success, and builds for an even more stellar future.”
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a public post-secondary institution with over 48,000 students enrolled into 350 programs annually. The largest post-secondary provider of trades training in British Columbia and one of the largest post-secondary institutions in the province, BCIT was selected as a Top 55 Employer in BC for 2011 through 2015, and as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2013, 2014, and 2015.