The board of directors of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) announced today that Dr. Harvey P. Weingarten will retire from the agency on September 30, 2019 after nine years in the position.
Denis Mayer, a member of the board of directors, emphasized the board’s gratitude for Dr. Weingarten’s strong leadership and numerous contributions to higher education policy in Ontario. Harvey relentlessly advocated for increased sharing and publication of data across the Ontario postsecondary sector, Mayer said. “He set a very high standard for HEQCO’s research and publications, which are now valued locally and internationally as credible and insightful sources of information for an evolving and complex postsecondary education sector,” he added.
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work over the last nine years on significant issues in higher education with a group of talented, interesting and knowledgeable people here at HEQCO,” said Weingarten. “I think we have made some worthwhile contributions to illuminating solutions to some vexing and challenging issues facing higher education in Canada.”
The board has appointed Dr. David Trick to serve as interim president and CEO effective September 30, 2019. David brings experience as a senior public servant, campus administrator, teacher and researcher. He has played leadership roles in the Ontario higher education system and has written extensively about postsecondary education policy in the province. “David will provide HEQCO with important policy and management supports in a period of significant transition,” added Mayer.
The board has recently retained the services of a national executive search firm, Amrop Knightsbridge, to assist with the search process for the next president and CEO of HEQCO.
The board wishes Harvey much enjoyment in his future endeavours.