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Red River College names Paul Vogt as its new president

Red River College has named Paul Vogt, a longtime university educator and public servant in Manitoba, as its new president and CEO.

Vogt replaces Stephanie Forsyth, who left in 2014 amid questions about spending

Paul Vogt will begin his term as president and CEO of Red River College on Aug. 17. (Red River College)

Red River College has named Paul Vogt, a longtime university educator and public servant in Manitoba, as its new president and CEO.

Vogt comes to Red River after serving as an executive-in-residence at the University of Manitoba and advising on the development of a multi-year post-secondary education strategy for the province, according to the college.

"Education is the cornerstone to create a thriving economy," Vogt said in a news release issued by the college on Monday.

"I am honoured to join Red River College, an institution that plays a critical role in our community with a proud past and bright future. By building on the college's impressive track record and working with dedicated employees, labour and government, I am excited by the opportunity we collectively share to continue to evolve creating rewarding and engaging opportunities for students, staff, and faculty at Red River."

Over the past 25 years, he taught public administration and governance, Canadian politics, political theory, feminist theory and economics at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University.

From 1999 to 2005, Vogt was a policy secretary to cabinet for the provincial government, and from 2005 to 2013 he served as clerk of the executive council and cabinet secretary.

"While Paul's extensive background is well-suited for institutional leadership, his relationships within the community are key to driving strategic planning initiatives with various stakeholders who contribute to the mission of the college," Lloyd Schreyer, chairman of Red River College's board of directors, said in the release.

"I look forward to working with Paul as the College continues to prepare skilled graduates to drive Manitoba's economy."

Vogt, who starts at the college on Aug. 17, replaces Stephanie Forsyth, who left in August 2014 amid controversy about her management and spending practices.

A provincial government review, released earlier this year, concluded that Forsyth's expense claims revealed "weaknesses in compliance and integrity."

The review was done following revelations that Forsyth had filed expense claims for golf shoes, ballet tickets and other items.

After Forsyth left the college, it was revealed that she had installed some marble from the renovation of the Union Bank Tower into her private home.

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