Terms of Appointment

Terms of Appointment of Dr. Axel Meisen as President and Vice-Chancellor of the Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Board of Regents, pursuant to the authority conferred on it, approved the appointment on 26 February 1999.

The appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor became effective on 1 September 1999 and runs in the first instance to 31 August 2005 (the "Initial Term"). The appointment may be renewed for a further three years, to 31 August 2008, if mutually agreed by Dr. Meisen and the Board (the "Renewal Term").

  • Dr. Meisen was appointed as a full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, with tenure, effective 1 September 1999.
  • Dr. Meisen is paid a salary of $185,000 a year for each year of the Initial Term and Renewal Term together with annual increases (effective on the anniversary date of your appointment) of the same percentage magnitude as any general salary increases awarded to the faculty exclusive of step increments, in accordance with the collective agreement between the University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association.
  • Dr. Meisen is entitled to a period of twelve months' administrative leave upon completion of the Initial Term as President and Vice-Chancellor, and a further six months upon the completion of the Renewal Term, if any. The leave will be taken at the conclusion of the appointment. During the period of administrative leave, Dr. Meisen will continue to receive all benefits stipulated in this agreement, including but without limitation, salary, pension accruals or pension equivalents, car allowance, travel privileges and benefits under the University benefit plans.
  • As the President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Meisen is entitled to participate in the University's Pension Plan and Supplemental Retirement Income Plan.
  • Dr. Meisen is entitled to four weeks' annual leave, to be taken at a time agreed between Dr. Meisen and the Chair of the Board.
  • The University grants Dr. Meisen a car allowance, to be paid monthly, in the amount of $600 per month. This will be regarded as a taxable benefit.
  • As a result of Dr. Meisen's appointment as a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the University pays the annual dues and membership fees levied upon him by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and any other association or organization which he is required to join as a result of his appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor.
  • The University pays the normal and reasonable incurred costs of any travel by Dr. Meisen's spouse on three occasions in each year, when his spouse accompanies him to a function in which he is engaged in official University business and where it is reasonable that the spouse accompanies the President and Vice-Chancellor. The definition of "spouse" stipulated in the Income Tax Act of Canada will act as a guideline with respect to this entitlement.
  • When travelling on University business, the University pays the cost of Dr. Meisen's travel and he is entitled to travel Business Class due to his existing medical difficulties and infirmities.
  • The University pays all normal and reasonable expenses incurred by Dr. Meisen for entertainment as part of his official duties on behalf of the University. This includes making available the Senior Common Room on the same basis as it has been made available to his predecessor.
  • The University provides Dr. Meisen with the office, support staff and appropriate equipment necessary to the proper discharge of his responsibilities, including cellular phones, computers and the like.
  • There is no ban or prohibition on Dr. Meisen's acceptance of outside consultations, directorships or any other appointment, but Dr. Meisen can undertake these only with the prior written approval of the Chair of the Board.

  • Termination for Cause:

Dr. Meisen's appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor may be terminated for cause, as that term is defined in law. In the event the University is considering terminating this appointment for cause, the Board must:

(a) notify Dr. Meisen in writing providing him with full particulars of the allegations against him;

(b) conduct a hearing before the Board into the allegations, at which hearing Dr. Meisen shall be given the opportunity to provide full answer in defence to the allegations; and

(c) only consider termination for cause by the Board as the final resort after the Board has firstly attempted all other options, including progressive discipline.

  • Termination Without Cause:

The Board may at any time terminate Dr. Meisen's appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor without cause. In the event Dr. Meisen's appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor is terminated without cause, he will be paid severance in full settlement of any entitlement to compensation in lieu of notice consisting of:

(a) his salary, pension accrual or pension equivalent and car allowance for 24 months commencing on the date of termination; and

(b) the reasonable cost of replacing benefits equivalent to those provided to him and his dependents under the University benefit plans for 24 months commencing on the date of termination.

  • The termination of Dr. Meisen's appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor will not affect his appointment as a full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, with tenure, and he will continue to be employed in that capacity after the termination of his appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor. In the event of termination of his appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor, he will receive a professorial salary as a full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, with tenure, at the highest step/salary grade for that position, which salary will be in addition to the severance payment stipulated if the appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor is terminated without cause.

  • The University paid normal and reasonable costs of Dr. Meisen's relocation from Vancouver to St. John's, including moving costs and legal fees and real estate commission on sale of a house in Vancouver and purchase of a house in St. John's.
  • The University reimbursed Dr. Meisen for any reasonable expenses that he incurred in seeking legal advice with respect to this contract or to pension arrangements and like issues.
  • Dr. Meisen is entitled to participate in benefit plans, including dental and health and long term disability, made available by the University to any member of the faculty, and on the same terms and conditions as are offered to them.