Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan began her position as President and Chief Executive Officer at Loyalist on November 7, 2016. Prior to that date, the Board of Governors unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Vaughan at their October 13, 2016 Board of Governors meeting.
Dr. Vaughan was the President and Chief Executive Officer for the College of the North Atlantic, located in Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2011–2016. The College consists of 17 campuses, an annual budget of $140 million, 9,000 full- and part-time students, 17,000 continuing education students and 1,200 employees. She was recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada in 2015.
Prior to her position at the College of the North Atlantic, Dr. Vaughan was the Director for Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Memorial University, serving in that role from 2001 – 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University; certificates in Public Administration and Business from Memorial University; a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters certificate in Project Management from York University/Memorial University. Continuing on her lifelong learning journey, in 2015, Dr. Vaughan received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Calgary.
On April 11, 2018, Dr. Vaughan was appointed to serve as an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force and is affiliated with 426 Training Squadron, 8 Wing, CFB Trenton in this capacity until 2022.