B.C. college in Nelson BC quietly retracts job offer to new dean

The candidate pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2015 – CBC Report

A CBC Report says… A college in B.C.’s Interior is doing an about-face on the man who would have been its new dean of trades.

Selkirk College’s Silver King campus in Nelson, B.C. is one of the oldest trade schools in the province. It’s currently undergoing a nearly $20 million renovation.

On March 7, Selkirk College announced it had hired new dean, Will McKay, (Andrew William McKay) to guide it through these changes.

Then, within a matter of days, it quietly retracted its offer to McKay.

In an email to staff announcing the new hire, Neil Coburn, the college’s vice president of education originally described McKay as an expert in post-secondary education with more than two dozen years of experience in adult education in both the private and public sector.

He listed McKay’s experience at Thomson Rivers University in Kamloops, the College of the Rockies in the Kootenays and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt.

Coburn said McKay had been working recently in the private sector recently but returning to a “public, post-secondary institution felt like coming home.”

But a simple online search, and a search of B.C.’s electronic court registry, reveals another detail — Andrew William McKay, formerly of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, had pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2015.

Both TRU and Selkirk College have confirmed Will McKay and Andrew William McKay are the same person.

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