Rick O’Connor will be retiring in June. O’Connor began at Western in 2013, serving as the director of Language and Culture Programs and the Intensive English Program. He has been instrumental in leading the Intensive English Program (IEP) toward professional accreditation and international recognition. O’Connor’s most notable accomplishment at Western was achieved earlier this month, when Western was notified that the IEP accreditation application was successful, placing it among the most highly regarded ESL programs in the United States. His peers and co-workers in Extended Education thank him for his dedication to international programs at Western and wish him all the best on his next adventure.