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New VP visits Grenfell Campus

Dr. Mary Bluechardt, left, chats with Grenfell Campus faculty members Drs. Mario Levesque and Angela Robinson at a meet and greet event.


By Pamela Gill

Dr. Mary Bluechardt, who will become Grenfell’s vice-president on July 1, visited the campus recently to familiarize herself with the Grenfell community.

Dr. Bluechardt has already met with Grenfell’s senior planning group and will meet with senior managers individually as well.

At a special meet-and-greet reception, Grenfell faculty, staff and students warmly welcomed Dr. Bluechardt. Following an introduction by Memorial President Gary Kachanoski, Dr. Bluechardt delivered a few gracious remarks, calling Grenfell “the campus of choice.”

Dr. Bluechardt plans to make monthly visits to Corner Brook so when July 1 rolls around she can hit the ground running. She succeeds Dr. Holly Pike, who has served as vice-president at Grenfell campus in an acting capacity since 2007.

Dr. Bluechardt has an extensive background in applied health research and education, and comes to Grenfell campus from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa. She currently serves as the dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOIT, which includes programs in nursing, medical laboratory sciences, health sciences and applied health sciences. In the past she has served as director of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University, as national director for coach development at Special Olympics Canada and as a professor at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan) in both the Faculties of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Education, among other professional activities.