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Grenfell fills key leadership role

Gary Bradshaw named associate vice-president (administration and finance)

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, has a new associate vice-president (administration and finance). Memorial University's Board of Regents appointed Gary Bradshaw to the position at its July 7 meeting, held in Corner Brook.

Mr. Bradshaw has more than 20 years experience in facilities management, project management and general management in the areas of engineering, financial services, human resources and labour relations.

He is currently vice-president, finance and facilities, at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) where he has worked for the last nine years. During that time, he managed the planning and development of approximately $120 million dollars of capital expansion and renewal.

"Mr. Bradshaw's appointment is a crucial part of the next phase of Grenfell's growth and development," said Dr. Mary Bluechardt, vice-president (Grenfell Campus). "Grenfell is growing into a larger, more complex organization and this new position will ensure that our management systems are equal to the task of further growth. I am very pleased that we will have strength in these areas as we move ahead."

Mr. Bradshaw completed degrees at Memorial University in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration.

Prior to working at UPEI, Mr. Bradshaw was the vice-president of business operations at Stratos Global with responsibilities for customer and technical support, purchasing and inventory control, and general facilities management. He held the position of director of Facilities Management at Memorial University for more than six years. Mr. Bradshaw is the immediate past-president of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) and is a director with Interuniversity Services Inc. and Capital Area Recreation.

Mr. Bradshaw begins in this position on Sept. 1, 2011.

"Mr. Bradshaw is an ideal person for this new position at Grenfell Campus," said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial's president and vice-chancellor. "He is familiar with Memorial University and brings a depth of experience that will be an asset as Grenfell Campus continues to grow and develop. Mr. Bradshaw has the technical expertise required to manage large infrastructure projects, but he also has the financial and management acumen required to ensure that Grenfell Campus continues to grow. I look forward to working with him."

The associate vice-president (administration and finance) is a newly created position that reports directly to the vice-president (Grenfell Campus). The associate vice-president will play a significant role in providing leadership in creating the administrative structure for Grenfell. With the campus' significant increases in budget and autonomy, and the addition of many new permanent positions, the associate vice-president will provide leadership for the deployment of these new resources and serve as the chief financial officer for the Grenfell Campus.


Grenfell growth theme of board event

Steady and incremental growth was the overwhelming message delivered at a community event hosted by Memorial's Board of Regents at Marble Mountain on July 7.

The event coincided with a meeting of the university's governing board, which was held in Corner Brook. Community leaders from the west coast region joined members of the Board of Regents and university leaders to celebrate the advances made at Grenfell Campus.

The event was hosted by Bob Simmonds, chair of the Board of Regents. Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial's president and vice-chancellor, presented an overview of the growth and recent developments at the campus. This also marked the first public event for Grenfell's new vice-president, Dr. Mary Bluechardt, who commenced her new duties on July 1.

"The occasion of the annual Board of Regents meeting in Corner Brook offers an opportunity to interact with community leaders and friends of the university in Corner Brook and the surrounding region," said Mr. Simmonds. "It affords regents an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the region, share news of the university, and spend time with friends of Memorial on the west coast."

Dr. Kachanoski outlined developments in academic programming, administration, student recruitment, marketing and infrastructure, among other topics. He also used the opportunity to thank the provincial government for its enhanced support for Grenfell Campus.

"There is no more prudent action a government can take than to invest in higher education," Dr. Kachanoski told the gathering. "The dividends generated are significant and forever sustainable in terms of an educated, highly qualified population and in the new knowledge that inevitably emanates from this kind of learning environment."

Dr. Kachanoski also joined Mr. Simmonds in formally welcoming Dr. Bluechardt to Memorial and he also introduced Gary Bradshaw, who will serve in the newly created position of associate vice-president (administration and finance) for Grenfell Campus.

"I look forward to working closely with Dr. Bluechardt, Mr. Bradshaw and the leadership team we are assembling at Grenfell Campus," said the president. "The goals remain significant, the bar is set high, and we are excited about the prospects for our campus."

Dr. Bluechardt thanked the university community for the warm welcome she has received since the appointment was announced several months ago.

"Grenfell Campus has a bright future and I am dedicated to working with the Grenfell community and the leadership at Memorial University in our quest to move Grenfell's agenda forward," she said.