LESTER B. PEARSON SCHOOL BOARD
APPOINTS A NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL
Dorval, June 26, 2019 The Lester B. Pearson School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy Finn as its next Director General, for a 5-year term, effective August 1st, 2019.
The appointment was approved unanimously by the Council of Commissioners at its regular board meeting on June 25th. Cindy succeeds Michael Chechile, who is retiring as Director General, capping a career of outstanding leadership and innovation in public education.
Cindy Finn has over 20 years of experience in education and has served with the Lester B. Pearson School Board since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from McGill University with teaching and research experience in higher education. Prior to moving into educational administration, she worked as a non-teaching professional and has served as Director of Student Services at our school board since 2005.
Cindy has been actively involved with many local, provincial and international committees and organizations. She is Past President of the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) and is currently on the Board of Governors of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). She is Past Chair of the Leadership Committee for English Education in Québec (LCEEQ), and has also served on the Minister of Education’s Advisory Board for English Education (ABEE). Cindy has been the recipient of several awards in recognition of her contributions to educational leadership; the most recent being the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of Administrators of English Schools of Quebec.
Cindy enters this position with a proven record of 14 years in our senior administration; complemented by extensive research, publications, and presentations on a range of student-centred issues. Combined with a widely-established reputation of exemplary leadership, Cindy is the ideal candidate for a smooth and effective transition of leadership for our board and its students, staff, and learning communities.
Cindy Finn’s appointment occurs at a time when our School Board will be subject to significant changes and challenges over the next few years.
“Cindy’s collaborative and humanistic style of management and firm leadership will ensure that the challenging transitions ahead are carried out in an effective manner, respectful of the diverse needs of the many stakeholders in our educational community”, said Chairperson Noel Burke.
Dr. Cindy Finn
Director General – Lester B. Pearson School Board