CALGARY, ALBERTA – March 3, 2009 – DeVry Institute of Technology announced today the appointment of Ranil Herath as president of the bachelor’s degree-granting institution’s Calgary campus. Herath previously held the position of president at Everest College in both Kitchener and Hamilton, and was a director for the Canadian Business College in Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough.
“It is a very exciting time for DeVry Calgary,” explains Herath. “With our strong foundation in technology education, our expanding bachelor’s degree programs in business and our flexible on-site and online delivery options, we offer a high-quality education for Calgarians and Albertans.”
As Calgary’s economy changes, Herath sees DeVry as a natural fit for students looking to expand or upgrade their knowledge and skills.
“Alberta’s economy has been so good for so long, people put their educational goals aside and just got jobs,” says Herath. “The reality going forward is that Albertans will need to achieve a higher level of education and acquire the hard and soft skill sets required for career success. DeVry Calgary is uniquely positioned to provide our students with the necessary career-oriented education sought by local employers.”
Born and raised in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Herath earned an MBA from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and has completed the MBA Essentials for Managers through the University of Toronto. Herath also earned an undergraduate degree from Delhi University in India and graduated from the prestigious Trinity College in Sri Lanka.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with such a successful track record in market-funded education join DeVry Calgary,” says David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University, which owns DeVry Calgary. “Ranil brings the perfect blend of experience and passion to the job.”
Herath has earned Chartered Manager (F.CIM) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management. He is a Professional Member of the Canadian Institute of Marketing (MCInst.M) with RPM (Registered Professional Marketer) designation and currently serves as Vice Chair on its board of directors.
“Ranil Herath is an inspiring leader and an enthusiastic member of any team,” says Grant Lee, executive director of the Canadian Institute of Marketing. “His experience and his youthful innovation combine to make him an asset to DeVry Calgary.”
DeVry Calgary is well known for its technology expertise, but the institution has grown in recent years to offer bachelor’s degrees in both business and technology, inclusive of liberal arts courses in communications, humanities, and social sciences.
In 2008, DeVry Calgary was granted approval by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology to begin offering bachelor’s degrees through the post-secondary school’s new DeVry Institute of Technology, Calgary Online. The Minister’s approval followed a recommendation from the Campus Alberta Quality Council that DeVry Calgary was an educational institution that meets the council’s criteria.
The Government of Alberta has granted DeVry Calgary accreditation to award the following baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Business Operations, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology. The Computer Engineering Technology, and Network and Communications Management curricula offered at DeVry Calgary fall under the accreditation of DeVry University (Arizona) as an off-site instructional location. The Computer Engineering Technology (CET) and Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) programs are accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). CTAB is a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT).
DeVry Calgary is located at 2700 3rd Ave. SE, a short distance from downtown, just off Barlow Trail, with easy access to the Franklin C-Train Station.