Ann Buller assumed the presidency of Centennial College in June 2004. Since then, leadership approaches that enable major transformative change have become her hallmark.
Thanks to her leadership, Centennial has introduced new award-winning programs to support students who are underrepresented in postsecondary education, such as those who are the first in their family to attend college, come from underserved neighbourhoods and are at risk of dropping out of school, and those with learning disabilities. These mentoring and support initiatives are also helping students from Aboriginal communities and women studying in the skilled trades programs.
To ensure the College is financially positioned to continue its academic and service excellence while addressing growing enrolments, Ann Buller introduced strategies that include a new accountability-based budgeting model, a comprehensive strategic enrolment plan outlining growth opportunities based on market needs, increased international revenues, the re-negotiation of business partnerships and an aggressive approach to generating Continuing Education and contract training revenues. She has presented the College’s Board of Governors with a balanced budget ever since she assumed the presidency, and with operating budgets projecting surpluses for the past three years. These surpluses have allowed Centennial to hire new full-time employees and continue making capital investment in its campuses.
Ann Buller has overseen Centennial's award-winning internationalization that attracts more than 5,000 visa students to its Toronto campuses each year. The College enjoys institutional partnerships in several countries, provides Western teacher training and methodologies in China, and has trained General Motors dealers in 10 Middle Eastern countries. President Buller is a member of the International Board of the Chair Academy and is the past Board Chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2012-14). As the former Chair of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (2011-14), Buller was instrumental in ensuring Canada was selected as one of the four countries to collaborate with India to revamp its post-secondary institutions.
President Buller's career spans more than 25 years in the college system, where she has made significant contributions to student success. She sits on several boards and committees, working tirelessly as an advocate for Centennial and the college system. She also appears as the keynote or guest speaker at several national and international conferences and seminars each year.
President Buller has earned numerous prestigious awards acknowledging her excellence in leadership and mentoring, most recently the 2016 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Leadership Award, the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award (2016, 2010) and the 2015 CBIE President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership for International Education. Other awards include the 2014 Chief Executive Leadership Award (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), the 2013 Top 25 Women of Influence (Women of Influence Magazine), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Governor General of Canada, 2013), the President’s/Chancellor’s Award (North American Council for Staff Program and Organizational Development, 2010), the Margot Franssen Leadership Award (Microskills, 2010) and the Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women (City of Toronto, 2009).
President Buller is a proud graduate of the Ontario college system, having graduated from Humber College's Public Relations program before completing her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at York University and her Masters of Arts in Education at Central Michigan University.