Scott Webb has been selected as the new chair of the Board of Governors at Lakeland College.

Lakeland announced Webb as the new chair in a press release on Sept.20. The Vermilion resident was selected after an open recruitment competition. Webb was a former member of the board, student and business partner with the college. He says history is one of the reasons why he is qualified for the position.

“I am quite familiar with the college but I am also very proud of the fact we have the college in Vermillion and Lloydminster. I am very aware it is an economic driver for our communities.”

The release stated that leadership qualities are essential in post-secondary board members, along with representing the interest of Albertans. Webb is a third-generation business owner leading George C. Webb & Sons, a Ford dealership and three successful agricultural machinery businesses.

Webb hopes to continue the leadership that was present by former board chair Darrel Howell.

“Being a member of the community and knowing people in both communities, I think it’ll be able to relate to the businesses, people and municipal leaders in the area.”

In the press release, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt believes Webb will help the college continue its success while adding growth.

“Mr. Webb is a highly regarded member of the business community with proven leadership skills and strong connections to the community. I am confident he will make valuable contributions to Lakeland College, ensuring the highest-quality education for its students. I look forward to seeing the college grow and succeed under his leadership and vision.”