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December 11, 2003


Board fills key posts

Memorial University’s Board of Regents has approved the appointments to two key senior positions.

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 meeting.

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. Eddy Campbell
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 university.

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.

Kent Decker
Kent Decker
Kent Decker
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 services.

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.


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