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Loomis called to serve

The Board of Regents of Memorial University has appointed Dr. Christopher Loomis as president and vice-chancellor pro tempore while the search for a new permanent president continues.

Dr. Loomis succeeds Dr. Eddy Campbell who is leaving Memorial University to become the 18th president of the University of New Brunswick. The appointment of Dr. Loomis was effective July 1, 2009.

In a message to the university community, Dr. Campbell applauded the Board’s choice.

“Dr. Loomis has performed in an exemplary fashion as vice-president (academic) pro tempore and in his many other leadership roles before that, and I’m confident you will continue to support him in his new role,” he said. “This move created an impending vacancy in the vice-president (academic) position. To address this issue, I formed an advisory committee that included Dr. Loomis, as chair; along with Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean of the Faculty of Science; Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration; Dr. Mary Bluechardt, director of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation; and Morgan Cooper, director of the Division of Faculty Relations.

“The committee consulted widely and provided helpful advice. I am pleased to inform the university community that the Board of Regents has also appointed Dr. Reeta Tremblay to the position of vice-president (academic) pro tempore commencing July 1, 2009.”

Dr. Tremblay currently serves as dean of the Faculty of Arts. The timing of both appointments allows for a period of overlap to facilitate the transition.