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Lakehead official keeping tabs on Laurentian plan for Barrie

Nov 6

BARRIE - Lakehead University takes “great pride” in the fact its Orillia campus is the only full-service campus in the county, says a senior university official.

When Lakehead was looking to expand in the early 2000s beyond its main campus in Thunder Bay, provost and vice-president academic Rod Hanley said it took into account it would more or less have a monopoly on the market.

If Laurentian University, based in Sudbury, is successful in its recently launched campaign to set up a full-service campus in Barrie, that will change.

“We’re in the business of staying in business and we make decisions accordingly,” Hanley said.

Right now, Lakehead, which opened its doors in Orillia in 2006, is focused on expanding its programming, he said. Laurentian, which has offered a handful of degree programs out of Georgian College in Barrie since 2001, is still in the early stages of trying to secure funding from the province for the proposed expansion.

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