Dr. Edwards is a dynamic executive leader with more than twenty-five years in post secondary education in Canada and the United States. Her two most recent positions include Academic Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, winner of the 2011 Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence in the US and seven years as President and CEO of Lethbridge College where she fostered significant organizational change and development.
Service on boards has been an important part of Tracy’s contribution to local, provincial, and international organizations. Her board membership has included The International Chair Academy, Mesa, Arizona and the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University. Dr. Edwards was very active in the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes as member, vice chair and finally chair of the Council of Presidents. She served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and also chaired Economic Development Lethbridge.
As CEO and President, Tracy reported to the Board of Governors of Lethbridge College. She also served ex-officio on the Governance and Human Resources Committee as well as Finance, Audit and Risk.
Prior to her career in post secondary education, Dr. Edwards worked in the private sector in the field of accounting. Her career has also included teaching at college and university levels and academic administration in Nova Scotia, Michigan, Florida and Alberta. Tracy has authored articles on leadership, trends and higher education and has presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Edwards is well known for fostering innovation and for her leadership in organizational change and development. She likes to challenge the status quo and seek out possibility.
With a college diploma, a teaching certification and three university degrees under her belt, Tracy has solid academic preparation. Her Doctor of Education degree is from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Leadership.
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Edwards has twice been named a Kellogg Fellow and received numerous academic scholarships during her doctoral studies. She was given a Blackfoot name by a Blood Tribe elder and awarded honourary membership in Local 2003, Metis Nation of Alberta.
Other awards include being named a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Distinguished Graduate of the College Leadership Program at UT Austin and the presentation of a key to the City of Lethbridge by former mayor Bob Tarleck.
During the last year, Tracy received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration (Alberta Chapter) as well as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.