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Civil servant named new Channing Fellow

Bruce Hollett

By Jeff Green

Memorial is getting a chance to learn more about how the provincial government operates thanks to the appointment of a senior civil servant to the
university.

Bruce Hollett has been named the new Fellow of the James G. Channing Chair in Public Administration.

Mr. Hollett – a Memorial graduate – is set to share his more than 25 years of experience with government to the university community.

He began in his new post on July 3 for a one-year period.

“I am honoured to be a part of the Memorial community and the post-secondary system again,” said Mr. Hollett, who obtained his bachelor of commerce (honours) degree from Memorial. He is a former deputy minister of Education and president (acting) of the College of the North Atlantic.

In addition to his degree from Memorial, he holds a master of business administration from York University.

The position was first established in 1982 to provide an opportunity for senior public employees to bring their expertise and experience in public administration to Memorial. It is named after James Channing, one of the best-known clerks of the executive council with the provincial government. He held that position from 1955-78.

Mr. Hollett has had an extensive career with the provincial government, most recently as deputy minister of Environment and Conservation.

Over the span of his career, he has also been deputy minister of Industry, Trade and Technology, as well as the Department of Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education. He was assistant deputy minister and then deputy minister of the Voisey’s Bay Project Secretariat, and director of Fiscal Policy with the Department of Finance.

“Over the next couple of weeks, I will be talking to people within the university and in government to settle on where I will focus my efforts during my assignment to the Channing Chair,” said Mr. Hollett.

“My interests include institutional governance, public administration and policy development, and the interaction between our post-secondary education system and government. I would encourage people within the Memorial community to contact me if they wish to discuss any of these or related issues.”

Previous Channing Fellows have included Gerard O’Reilly, Ron Penney, Cyril Goodyear, David Vardy and John Cummings.

To reach Bruce Hollett, call 737-8399.

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