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Message to the university community from Dr. Kachanoski

The following message was distributed on July 1

On this very significant day in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador, it is my privilege and honour to officially assume the role of the new president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University.

One of my first official duties as president is to lay a wreath at the National War Memorial on behalf of the university community, to commemorate the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in France during the First World War. I am humbled to lead an institution created as a living memorial to the many young soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War, and in later conflicts.

In fact, I was drawn to this province, and to this role, by the unique history and culture of Memorial University, and to its special responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is an institution well-grounded in its sense of purpose and its place in the community.

I am excited about the many opportunities that the future presents for Memorial and look forward to guiding its continued development and success. Memorial is a university in its ascendancy.

To continue this trajectory, a priority for me will be to fill the posts of vice-president (academic) and pro vice-chancellor, and vice-president for the Corner Brook campus. Filling these positions is critical in order that we move forward and continue to meet the goals set out in our strategic plan, a plan that envisions growth in our student enrolment, our research and our programs.

I thank those before me who stepped into these roles for the capable leadership they provided during an important transition period for this university.

I look forward to getting to know the people, the places, and the programs that make Memorial University such a special and interesting place. I’m also excited about exploring the province, meeting citizens and community leaders.

It would not be an overstatement to tell you that I am thrilled to be here at Memorial University. This is a time of great promise and opportunity for Memorial and the province and I look forward to serving as your president and vice-chancellor.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski
President and vice-chancellor