Red Deer College names its first Professor Emeritus

In recognition of a 38-year career at Red Deer College, Dr. Torben Andersen, RDC’s Associate Vice President Academic, University Transition, was named as RDC’s first-ever recipient of the title Professor Emeritus.

RDC will award the title of Professor Emeritus to faculty members who make outstanding contributions in support of students and the institution.

“I am completely surprised, appreciative and humbled to receive this honour from RDC,” said Dr. Andersen. “As I retire, I am delighted that I will be able to stay connected with my colleagues, the outstanding educators at RDC, who do so much for the students and communities of central Alberta.”

Dr. Torben Andersen (RDC photo)

Dr. Andersen’s started at RDC as an Economics instructor in 1982 and he remained in that role for 22 years. He held several senior leadership positions, which included chairperson of humanities and social sciences, dean of several schools and divisions, and interim vice president academic. 

“This special designation is reflective of Dr. Andersen’s outstanding record of teaching with the many students he taught, his scholarly contributions to economics, and his collaborative spirit and strategic leadership at the College,” said Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President.

In his most recent role as RDC Associate Vice President Academic, University Transition, Dr. Andersen worked to help prepare the foundation for RDC to transition to be Red Deer University. His efforts will positively impact learners and central Alberta for years to come after his retirement, as the breadth of this institution’s academic programming expands to meet the needs and demands from students, surrounding communities and industry. 

Dr. Andersen’s Professor Emeritus status was announced at his virtual retirement celebration on June 19.