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Former Trinity Western executive joins Squamish's Quest University

School hopes Mat Marquez will help the institution grow its recruitment levels.
Mat Marquez - Quest University
Mat Marquez is joining Quest University as part of its bide to increase its enrolment.

Quest University's partner, Primacorp Ventures, has tapped another former Trinity Western University executive to take a senior position at its higher education division.

On Feb. 4, the school announced that Mat Marquez has been appointed to become vice president of enrolment and student engagement for Primacorp Ventures’ higher education division.

Primacorp is a separate entity from Quest, but they work together closely. 

The company, which is controlled by Peter Chung, bought Quest's lands and facilities and leases them back to the school. This was a deal that was struck last year in order to relieve the university of its millions in debt. 

Primacorp then created a higher education division, and this subsidiary provides Quest with services, such as recruitment.

Marquez is not the first Trinity Western official to make the jump to Primacorp’s higher education division.

The CEO of the higher education division, Scott Fehrenbacher, also previously held an upper-level job at Trinity.

In a news release, Quest said Marquez's appointment arrives as the school hopes to focus on building awareness of the university across Canada and the United States.

"Marquez will play an integral role in the shaping of Quest's North American recruitment strategies, build on the amazing student culture and serve as a member of the executive team," the release says.

The release adds that Marquez presided over a "recording-breaking, year-over-year" growth in Trinity's undergraduate programs.

Previously, he worked at Grand Canyon University, a private Christian university in Arizona.

"I look forward to contributing to the growth and development of an already great university," said Marquez in the release. "I'm joining a team that delivers a top-tier education and excels at preparing students for the marketplace.  I feel it is well-positioned to make an even more significant impact across Canada, if not all of North America. This is definitely a great time to be joining the Quest team."

The CEO of Primacorp’s higher education division extended a warm welcome in the release.

"We are very excited to welcome Mat as our new vice president of enrolment and student engagement. He is a recognized leader in the industry among private universities across North America, having led admissions teams at private institutions in both Canada and America," said Fehrenbacher.

"Mat brings the leadership, passion and vision that will lead the way for Quest University's future growth and success - his expertise will impact all facets of the university."


***Correction: Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.: The new release given to The Chief erroneously stated that Fehrenbacher and Marquez were officials for Quest University. In fact, they work for Primacorp Ventures. The Chief has corrected the story to reflect that.

***Correction: Feb. 5, 2:14 p.m.: The previous version of this article did not distinguish the difference between Primacorp Ventures and its subsidary separate division for higher education

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