Recipient of the 2014 Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, Ontario recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and promoted excellence within the province's college system. This year's winner of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities' annual Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Howard Rundle.
Dr. Howard Rundle
In 1995, Dr. Howard Rundle was appointed as the fourth President of Fanshawe College. In 2013, Dr. Rundle retired after more than 40 years of service to the institution, with 18 of those years as president.
As the college's longest serving president, Dr. Rundle witnessed significant change at Fanshawe. In 1972, the college had 3,300 full-time students and approximately 90 programs. At the time of his retirement last year, there were over 14,000 full-time students and more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and graduate programs.
He also played an integral part in the success of the Fanshawe College Foundation. Through his leadership, the college's endowment fund reached $17 million in 2012, which has provided life-changing opportunities for many Ontarians.
Dr. Rundle also contributed to the development and growth of Ontario's colleges. One of his greatest accomplishments was leading the college system in working with the Ontario government to develop a new funding formula for colleges. As a result of his work, colleges began to receive funding that was more transparent and better aligned to support enrolment growth.
For over a decade, he chaired the Board of the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Under his leadership, OCAS implemented a new governance structure, expanded its services and improved its financial position.
In 2012, Dr. Rundle was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to education. Last year, he was inducted into the London and District Business Hall of Fame and received the Presidents' Leadership Network "Distinguished Service Award" from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.