Board of Regents has approved the appointments to two key senior
Dr. H.E.A. “Eddy” Campbell has been named Memorial’s
new vice-president (academic) and pro vice chancellor, and Kent
Decker is the new vice-president (administration and finance).
The appointments were ratified at the board’s Dec. 11
Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial, said he was pleased
the university filled these positions with candidates who bring
with them a wide range of experience.
“The university is a diverse institution and it is critical
that the decision-making function reflect that diversity,”
said Dr. Meisen. “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Campbell
and Mr. Decker to the team and look forward to their contributions.
Their backgrounds are complementary to the expertise already
resident in the university’s administration.”
The candidates were selected following an intensive search by
committees that represented the university and the community.
Dr. Eddy Campbell
Dr. Campbell is an associate dean of the
Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University in Kingston,
Ontario, and a professor in Queen’s Department of Mathematics
and Statistics. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Memorial University
of Newfoundland, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He
completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Western
Ontario before joining Queen's Department of Mathematics and
Statistics in 1983. His main research interest is the invariant
theory of finite groups.
Dr. Campbell's portfolio at Queen’s included Chemistry,
the School of Computing, Geological Sciences and Geological
Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Philosophy,
Geography, Film Studies, German, Environmental Studies, and
Physical Health and Education.
Prior to his appointment as associate dean, Dr. Campbell served
as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Dr. Campbell is president-elect of the Canadian Mathematical
Society. He will serve as president from July 2004 to June 2006,
and past-president from July 2006 to June 2007. In 1996-98 he
represented all chairs and heads of math departments across
Canada on a committee to liaise with NSERC.
Among Dr. Campbell's strengths outlined by the search committee
are: he is a strategic thinker with good analytical skills and
management expertise; he has been a leader and has many accomplishments
in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the largest faculty at Queen’s
University; he is an effective builder of relationships with
internal and external communities (including business and government);
and he is an alumnus of Memorial University and has a good understanding
of Newfoundland and Labrador.
At Memorial University the vice-president (academic) has primary
responsibility for academic matters, ultimately being responsible
for the programs of some 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students
across a wide range of disciplines.
The vice-president (academic) reports directly to the president
and works in close collaboration with the other vice-presidents,
deans and other members of the senior management team of the
Dr. Campbell takes up his new post May 1, 2004. Dr. Michael
Collins will serve as interim vice-president (academic) from
Jan. 1 to April 30, 2004.
Mr. Decker is currently vice-president, Administrative
Services, Health Care Corporation of St. John’s. Before
joining the Health Care Corporation in 1999, Mr. Decker held
senior financial positions at the St. John’s Nursing Home
Board, the Department of Health and at Doane Raymond Chartered
Accountants. His credentials include a Chartered Accountant
designation and a B.Comm. (Hons).
At the Health Care Corporation, Mr. Decker is a member of the
senior leadership team, reporting to the president and chief
executive officer, responsible for the strategic planning, management
and control of the financial, administrative and support programs
and services of the organization including direct accountability
for the Departments of Finance and Budgeting, Facilities Management,
Information Management and Technology, Environmental Services,
Food Services, Health Records and Materials Management. The
Health Care Corporation has an annual budget of $430 million
and about 6,500 employees.
Over the past four years, Mr. Decker has assumed leadership
roles in major physical and organizational restructuring projects
of the corporation, including serving as co-chair of the site
redevelopment committee, a project that involved the redevelopment
of two sites, the closure of two major facilities, the construction
of a children’s hospital and the resulting transfer of
Prior to joining the Health Care Corporation, Mr. Decker was
ACEO-Finance at the St. John’s Nursing Home Board, director
of Institutional Financial Services with the provincial Department
of Health, Chief Financial Officer of the Janeway Child Health
Centre and a senior manager at Doane Raymond Chartered Accountants.
Reporting directly to the president, and working closely with
the other vice-presidents, deans, and directors of the university,
Memorial’s vice-president (administration and finance)
provides strategic leadership in the areas of human resources,
finance, information technology, and facilities. The vice-president
(administration and finance) is one of six senior officers who
comprise the university’s senior executive committee.
Mr. Decker assumes the new post by February 2004. Glenn Collins
will continue as acting vice-president (administration and finance)
until that time.