A feasibility study to examine the various degrees of autonomy for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook was commissioned by the provincial Department of Education. To ensure an independent analysis, the department engaged John Kelly, professor emeritus and executive director of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, and John L. Davies, dean of the Graduate School at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, to conduct the study. The study involved a benefit analysis, including infrastructure and student services, potential impacts on such aspects as programming and recruitment, and any educational, social and economic impacts on the region and province. The consultants reviewed all options for Grenfell College, including the possibility of an autonomous, independent university for Corner Brook.
Lorne Wheeler was reappointed as chair of Memorial's Board of Regents. The three-year term was announced by the executive council of the provincial government. Mr. Wheeler was initially appointed to chair the board last October, replacing Chris Decker.