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Committee members to seek vice-presidents

Searches for two key members of the university’s leadership team have taken another step forward.

Members have been named to the committee that will recruit Memorial’s first vice-president (Corner Brook). Formerly titled principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (SWGC), the position has been filled in an acting capacity by Dr. Holly Pike since early 2008.

As well, the committee has been named that will recruit Memorial University’s next permanent vice-president (academic) and pro vice-chancellor.

Since the summer of 2009, the position has been filled pro tempore by Dr. Reeta Tremblay, who will be leaving Memorial later this year to become vice-president (academic) at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s new president, is chairing both committees, which include faculty, staff and students.

Corner Brook
“Finding a new leader for Grenfell College who will work with our team to grow the Corner Brook campus as a vital and integral part of Memorial University is one of my top priorities,” said Dr. Kachanoski.

The representatives chosen for the search committee from faculty are Dr. James Duffy, Psychology-SWGC; Dr. Ross Klein, Social Work; Dr. Robert Gallant, Mathematics-SWGC; Dr. Judith McFetridge-Durdle, Nursing; Prof. Julie Pitcher, Business-SWGC; Dr. Olaf Janzen, Historical Studies-SWGC; and Prof. Marlene MacCallum, Visual Arts-SWGC.

Appointed from staff are Jo-Anne Philpott, Community Education and College Relations-SWGC, and Kent Decker, vice-president (finance and administration)
The student representatives are Terry Randell, SWGC, and Brad Evoy.

Dr. Pike wished the committee members well in their work in finding her successor. “I have every confidence that they will find the right person to lead Grenfell through the next phase of its development,” she said.

Dr. Kachanoski advised that the committee is expected to hold its first meeting in the coming weeks. He added that the search will be extensive and that he expects it to continue into the late fall.

As the search for the vice-president (Corner Brook) unfolds, information will be available at

Vice-president (academic)
The vice-president (academic) is a pivotal leadership role at any university, Dr. Kachanoski said.

“At Memorial the vice-president (academic) and pro vice-chancellor also serves as a member of the Board of Regents. So filling this position is one of my main priorities, and I’m looking forward to working with the committee and the university community to that end.”

The representatives chosen for the search committee from faculty include: Dr. Jennifer Lokash, English; Dr. Ann Dorward, Medicine; Dr. Martin Mulligan, Biochemistry; Dr. Ivan Emke, Grenfell College; and Dr. Walter Okshevsky, Education.

Appointed from the deans and academic directors group are: Dr. Linda Hensman, director, School of Pharmacy; and Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean, Faculty of Science.

Appointed from the administrators group is Dr. Penny Blackwood, director, Alumni Affairs and Development.

The student representatives are Nathan Wilke, representing graduate students, and Michael Walsh representing undergrads.

Rounding out the search committee is Glenn Blackwood, executive director of Memorial’s Marine Institute.

The committee is commencing its work immediately and Dr. Kachanoski said that the search will continue through the fall semester.

As the search for the vice-president (academic) and
pro vice-chancellor proceeds, opportunities for input, consultation and participation will be communicated and information will be available at

To facilitate the work of both committees, the university has contracted the services of Janet Wright and Associates, one of the country’s top higher education executive search firms.