Opinion Column

Careers and College: Murray Kyte leaves his mark at Algonquin College

Jamie Bramburger

By Jamie Bramburger, Special to The Daily Observer

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Murray Kyte has announced he will be leaving the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus in the new year to become vice-president of advancement at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Submitted photo Murray Kyte has announced he will be leaving the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus in the new year to become vice-president of advancement at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

It’s been 15 years since Murray Kyte made the difficult decision to leave a successful law practice to start a new career in post-secondary education, and now he is making another tough decision, but one that is full of new opportunities. Kyte has announced he is leaving Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus to become vice-president of advancement at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S.

It was the summer of 1999 when Kyte joined the faculty of the Pembroke Campus as a Business professor. Within a year he had moved into a leadership role as chairman of the Business, Technology and Outdoor Training Department, a position he will continue to hold until the end of November when he will take a much needed break before starting his new position in early January.

In his new role with the university, Kyte will provide leadership in strategic areas including alumni relations, internal and external communications, integrated marketing and philanthropic development. It will be a challenging position, but one that he will embrace with the same enthusiasm that helped him earn the respect of his colleagues and the broader community during his time at Algonquin.

Kyte has always worn his “X” ring proudly, a symbol for St. FX graduates, and given the strong roots his family has to the university, it’s understandable why he is pursuing this wonderful career opportunity. His father was a star athlete at St. FX, and his wife, brothers, children and father-in-law are also all St. FX alumni.

Kyte graduated from St. FX in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration, before earning a Law Degree from the University of Ottawa and later a Masters’ in Education while working at Algonquin. While most of his time at Algonquin has been spent working at the Pembroke Campus, he did serve for a year as the dean of the Perth Campus.His commitment to higher education and life-long learning is inspirational and it has helped him lead others.

Under Kyte’s leadership, the Pembroke Campus launched several new full-time programs, built partnerships with industry, gained trust with major donors who helped fund the Waterfront Campus and built legacy projects for the broader community. A great example is his work in securing funding for a pre-apprenticeship construction trades program that resulted in college students rebuilding Pembroke’s waterfront boardwalk last summer.

It will be difficult to find a replacement for Kyte, but he leaves the college at a time when the Waterfront Campus is prospering and well positioned for future success. His replacement will have big shoes to fill, but in Kyte’s words, “change is both good and necessary.”

The entire Algonquin College community wishes him well as he transitions to a new role within higher education. He will be missed and his contributions to the college will always be appreciated. Congratulations Murray!

Jamie Bramburger is the manager of community and student affairs at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus.