By NSCC Communications
In recognition of the significant and enduring contributions of former NSCC president Ray Ivany to the development of Nova Scotia Community College, the Waterfront Campus has been renamed the Raymond E. Ivany Campus or Ivany Campus.
The new name was revealed during a ceremony on August 22, 2017 in Dartmouth. “Ray Ivany, a two-time college graduate in engineering technology, positioned NSCC at the forefront of post- secondary education options in Nova Scotia. His tireless work in promoting the vision of a strong, community college system that would strengthen economic and social prosperity won the support of the provincial government in the form of a landmark, $123-million investment,” said Don Bureaux, NSCC president.
In 2003, then Premier John Hamm called the development initiative, "the single, largest investment that government has made. Skilled workers are the key to Nova Scotia’s prosperity and the college has a critical role in preparing that job-ready workforce. This expansion will ensure Nova Scotians are ready for the jobs of the future.”The provincial government’s investment modernized college infrastructure at its campuses throughout the province. This added space for an additional 2,500 students – a 25 percent increase in terms of new seats and new opportunities for all those wishing to enhance their education. The investment also realized a new, state-of- the-art campus on the Dartmouth waterfront – a site that has become a showcase for sustainability. Speaking at the event, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis said the decision of NSCC’s board to rename the campus after Ray is a perfect testament to his lasting legacy at the College. “NSCC is a place where youth are inspired to innovate, to take chances, and be creative. These are all characteristics that Ray embodies. His determination and drive continue to inspire every student who attends the college.”
Through Ivany’s vision and direction, NSCC launched its first strategic plan in 1999 and, in partnership with the government and growing local industries, aligned the educational needs of Nova Scotians with the demands of the labour market. He helped increase access to adult learning programs and improved student supports, including disability services.
Ivany’s contributions to Nova Scotia’;s post-secondary education sector include his role as executive vice president for the University College of Cape Breton and eight years as president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. He retired from his role at Acadia in June.
Bureaux added that NSCC has grown into a national-calibre college thanks to intensive planning shaped by the ideas and voices of students, employees and our communities, work inspired by a vision conceived and determinedly promoted by Ray Ivany. “His conviction and passion spoke to government of the importance of such an investment – and of the guarantee of the return on that investment – for government, our economy, our people and communities and for the future of Nova Scotia.”
Akash Pandey, Campus Student Association president, said, “The legacy of Ray Ivany’s vision is contained within these walls and extends to each student that passes through the campus and leaves with a heightened sense of purpose and self-worth.”
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120+ programs in five academic schools – Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology – reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC’s primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 88% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 90% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.