A sporting icon, Red River College alumni, and a leader in post-secondary education, Arnold Boldt, O.C. brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in post-secondary education throughout northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He’s well versed with learner focused education, skills and apprenticeship training, academic programming, applied research and scholarship, and government and post-secondary relations.
His years’ in post-secondary education have allowed him to serve in a variety of roles both here in Manitoba and in Saskatchewan. Prior to joining Red River College, Arnold held various senior executive roles at Saskatchewan Polytechnic including dean of technology, associate vice president, learning & teaching and interim provost and vice president, academic. He also served in several roles at Keewatin Community College (now University College of the North) over a twelve-year period: as an instructor, coordinator, chair and principal, academic programs.
In the 1970s Boldt established himself as the world’s top amputee high jumper, garnering invitations to both disability sport and able-bodied track meets. Boldt’s World and Paralympic High Jump record set in 1980 still stands at 1.96m.
Through his prosthetician, Boldt learned about sport for amputees and competed at six Paralympics for Canada winning his first pair of gold medals at the 1976 Toronto Olympiad for the Disabled. After 1976 Boldt attended the University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba and competed for the track team in the high jump at the CIAU (CIS) level; he set his highest indoor jump of 2.08 as a U of M Bison at the 1980 Winnipeg Tribune Indoor Games.
For his life-long contributions to sport for the disabled and advocacy for disabled people, Arnold was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor General in 2012 and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden (2002) Jubilee and Diamond (2012) Medals. In 2016 he was awarded the Chair Academy’s Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award, San Antonio, Texas
Arnold holds a CAE from Red River College, B.Th. from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now CMU), a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba, and a M.Ed. from the University of British Columbia.