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RDP announces new development and partnerships VP

Patrick Machacek comes to RDP from Olds College

Red Deer Polytechnic has announced they have filled the new position of vice-president of development and partnerships.

Long-time fund development professional and former Olds College vice-president Patrick Machacek will start work in his new job on Jan. 30.

“This exciting new position will provide leadership toward RDP’s strategic and operational planning, communications and marketing, applied research, extended education, external relations and also guide our partnerships with industry and the community,” says RDP president Stuart Cullum, in a statement accompanying the announcement.

“Patrick’s experience and track record speaks for itself, and we look forward to his contributions to RDP and the Red Deer region.”

Machacek has more than 20 years leading post-secondary external relations portfolios, including roles as vice-president of development and strategy at Olds College. Before that, he was vice-president transformation at NorQuest College; and associate vice-president advancement, communications and corporate training at NAIT.

Machacek has led teams and implemented new business models that have produced significant impact throughout his career. Through his leadership, he has increased enrolments, market and brand growth, enhanced industry and stakeholder engagement, and raised more than $450 million in donations, research funding, corporate training, capital grants and other earned revenues, says RDP.

“I am very excited to be joining Red Deer Polytechnic at this pivotal time in the institution’s trajectory,”

says Machacek, who has an education degree from University of Lethbridge and an MBA from Queen’s University.

“As a polytechnic, there is a tremendous opportunity for RDP to expand its impact for learners, the community and the province.”

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