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McAlpine leaves Douglas College

Douglas College president Scott McAlpine left the school Tuesday to
Douglas College president Scott McAlpine left the school Tuesday to 'pursue other career opportunities' according to a Douglas College spokesman.
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Scott McAlpine is no longer president of Douglas College.

Dave Taylor, a spokesman for the post-secondary institution, said McAlpine has left the college to pursue other opportunities. Taylor denied McAlpine was fired.

"Dr. McAlpine has made significant contributions over the last five years during which time Douglas College has seen considerable growth," said Taylor. "We all wish him the best in his endeavours."

Taylor said Kathy Denton, vice-president of academics, will take over on an interim basis until a replacement can be found. Denton, who has been with Douglas for 20 years, has fulfilled similar roles in the past.

McAlpine, 57, was hired as president in August 2009. The Waterloo, Ont., native came to Douglas after 20 years at Grande Prairie Regional College in Alberta where he'd risen from political science instructor to vice-president. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary.

He replaced Susan Witter, who retired after 12 years at Douglas College which has campuses in New Westminster and Coquitlam.

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