Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jane Jae-Kyung Shin to the role of Vice President, Students and Community Development. Jane has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since August 2020 and has been selected for the permanent position, effective immediately.
Jane immigrated to British Columbia from South Korea as a child and has always attributed her family’s well-being to the social values of Canadians. After studying Cell Biology and Genetics at UBC, she went on to earn her medical doctorate at Spartan Health Sciences University in St. Lucia, and completed clinical rotations at various teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, Chicago, and Halifax.
Jane joined VCC in May 2010 as a Biology and Anatomy & Physiology instructor in the Science department. In 2013, she ran successfully to represent Burnaby-Lougheed in B.C.’s Legislative Assembly for the 40th Parliament, becoming the first Canadian of Korean descent to be elected as an MLA in Canada.
In addition to her medical training and political experience, Jane has an executive certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University, a Provincial Instructor's Diploma from VCC, and a Master of Education in Educational Technology and Learning Design from Simon Fraser University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at University of Toronto with a research interest in Universal Design. Throughout her career, Jane has continued to advocate for representation, equity, and social justice in both public and non-profit areas. She currentlly serves on the board of DIVERSEcity and supports BC Children’s Hospital as the ambassador of its Legacy program.
Jane entered the role of Dean, Student Development at VCC in April 2017 and Associate Vice President, Student Success in March 2019 before beginning her interim role of VP in August 2020. In her now permanent position, Jane will continue to provide strategic leadership in the areas of Student Success, Indigenous Education and Community Engagement, Marketing and Communications, VCC Foundation and Alumni Relations, Partnership Development Office, and student arbitration.
“It is rare to find someone of Jane’s background, calibre, and commitment in any industry. I am pleased that Jane will continue to provide her valuable perspectives and insights to support VCC’s strategic objectives, and serve our college community with her enthusiastic leadership,” says VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel.
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