With a PhD in Education, Mary Preece has been involved in postsecondary education in Ontario for more than 35 years. Having served as a professor in the School of Business at Centennial College for 15 years, Mary moved into academic administration in 1992 first as a Chair, then Director, and ultimately as Dean of Academic Studies.
In 2002, Mary became Provost and Vice President Academic at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences where she spearheaded a wide range of change initiatives to incorporate simulation education, inter-professional education in health care and the assessment of health care competencies.
In 2008, Mary joined Sheridan as Provost and Vice President Academic and began her tenure with the collaborative creation of the Academic Innovation Strategy – The Creative Campus (2010) reflecting Sheridan’s commitment to creativity and innovation. Mary has been instrumental in the development of Sheridan’s new vision to become a unique undergraduate teaching university focused on applied professional education. Always a strong advocate for strategies to support faculty development and student learning, Mary is honoured to be part of the Sheridan community and to serve as its President and Vice Chancellor from November 1, 2016.