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Simpson to fill VPA role on interim basis

A familiar face is heading back to a senior leadership role.

Dr. Evan Simpson, Memorial’s vice-president (academic) and pro vice-chancellor from 1999-2003, has been appointed vice-president (academic) and pro vice-chancellor pro tempore. That posting will begin Oct. 4.

He is replacing Dr. Reeta Tremblay who is leaving to become the University of Victoria’s vice-president academic and provost.

Dr. Simpson will remain in that role until the conclusion of the ongoing search for a permanent vice-president (academic) and pro vice-chancellor.

The appointment was approved by the executive committee of the Board of Regents.

“We welcome Dr. Simpson’s experience and knowledge of Memorial University as we move through our transition process,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s president and vice-chancellor.

The appointment came after detailed consultation with academic leaders at Memorial and the nomination of several candidates.

Dr. Simpson is well known to Memorial. Aside from his role as vice-president (academic), he is active with Memorial University of Newfoundland Pensioners’ Association and led the task force on aboriginal initiatives.

Dr. Kachanoski thanked Dr. Tremblay for her service to Memorial University.

“Dr. Tremblay has made a significant contribution to the Faculty of Arts where she served as dean and the university in her role as vice-president and we wish her well at the University of Victoria.”