Paterson leaves College of Piping post
After a few months on the job, Mike Paterson has resigned as Executive Director of the College of Piping in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. No reason has yet been given for Paterson’s abrupt departure, which College of Piping Chair Ken Gillis confirmed on June 11.
Paterson accepted the position in March 2009 after a lengthy search, which included interviews with several prominent pipers, including James MacHattie of Toronto and Fraser Clarke, recently with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.
Paterson took on the job, replacing the late Scott MacAulay, who died in September 2008 after a long battle with cancer.
Paterson had recently announced the cancellation of the Summerside Highland Games, an event that had been staged for 19 years. Lack of interest from local businesses was cited as a primary reason for the cancellation.
Sources close to the organization said that four employees had also resigned in the last few months.
According to reports a search for a new Executive Director is underway.
Paterson, who is originally from New Zealand and does not play either pipes or drums, had previously worked with the National Piping Centre in Glasgow to help produce its Piping Today magazine. It is not known if he will return to that work.