ECE Minister R.J. Simpson announces appointment of new Aurora College president

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — April 1, 2022

Minister R.J. Simpson today announced that Dr. Glenda Vardy Dell will be appointed president of Aurora College, effective April 4, 2022. 

Dr. Vardy Dell has been with Aurora College since 2019 and has served in the roles of senior advisor to the president/interim director of the Center for Teaching and Learning as well as vice president of Education and Training.  Dr. Vardy Dell brings a wealth of experience in the fields of health sciences and post secondary leadership to her new role.

The appointment of Dr. Vardy Dell to the role of president also marks a step towards the intended arms-length relationship between the Government of the Northwest Territories and Aurora College.  Dr. Vardy Dell will assume responsibility for the overall operations of the college, while the Aurora College Transformation initiative will continue to be led by the department of Education, Culture and Employment’s (ECE) Aurora College Transformation Team in partnership with Dr. Vardy Dell and the college.

Dr. Vardy Dell will be replacing Mr. Andy Bevan, who indicated his plans to retire earlier this year.

Mr. Bevan was named president of Aurora College and associate deputy minister of Post-Secondary Education Renewal with ECE in February 2020 and provided strong leadership through the first phase of transforming Aurora College to a polytechnic university.  His tenure has seen the development of a 3-Year Strategic Plan, the first ever 3-Year Academic Plan, and a 3-year Strategic Enrolment Management Plan to increase student success.  Thanks to Mr. Bevan’s guidance, the 2025 transformation remains on track and is well-positioned to take on the challenges of Phase 2: Transformational Change.

In addition to his role as president of Aurora College and associate deputy minister of Post-Secondary Education, Mr. Bevan also served as the assistant deputy minister of Labour and Income Security with ECE, and as acting deputy minister of the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations.


“I had the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Bevan in my former role as minister of Education, Culture and Employment in the past government and would like to thank him for his time with the Government of the Northwest Territories. His work to help advance the transformation of Aurora College into a polytechnic university will create new educational opportunities and benefits for future generations of NWT residents and I wish him the best.

- Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

“The decision to appoint Dr. Vardy Dell as President of Aurora College is another important step in our plan to transition the College back to operations as an independent, arms-length institution.  Dr. Vardy Dell has proven herself a strong and collaborative leader and I have confidence that she will work closely with the transformation team at ECE to continue to build on the strong foundation that has been established over the last few years.”

- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • As the minister responsible for Aurora College, the minister of Education, Culture and Employment appoints the president of Aurora College.
  • The president is responsible for supervising, administering and directing the operations of the college.

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