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Search begins for new vice-president (research)

Memorial University has begun its search for a new vice-president (research). This individual will succeed Dr. Christopher Loomis whose term ends September, 2013. The search process will be guided by the policies and procedures governing the appointment, review, promotion and tenure of academic administrators, and the committee has been struck in accordance with a memorandum of understanding entered into between Memorial University and MUNFA. The search committee will be chaired by President Gary Kachanoski. The representatives chosen for the search committee include Dr. Denyse Lynde, Department of English; Dr. Gerry Mugford, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Kristin Poduska, Department of Physics; Dr. Faisal Kahn, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and Carey Bonnell, the Marine Institute.

The student representatives are Jason Robinson, representing graduate students, and Candace Simms representing undergraduate students.

Appointed from the deans group are Dr. Ellen Waterman, dean, School of Music, and Dr. Mark Abrahams, dean, Faculty of Science.

Appointed from the administrators group is Dr. Marlies Rise, director, Office of Research Services.

Rounding out the search committee is Dr. Mary Bluechardt, vice-president (Grenfell Campus).

The committee had its inaugural meeting in June and received a report of the review committee for the vice-president (research) portfolio which will aid in informing the search.

In the coming months, the committee will draft a position profile and the university community will be invited to provide feedback to inform the profile at

To facilitate its work, the committee has contracted the services of Jim Lundy, a consultant with Janet Wright and Associates, one of the country's top higher education executive search firms.

Updates will be provided to the university community on a regular basis and activities of the search committee will be provided at for the duration of the search. Members of the university community may also view the report of the review committee for the vice-president (research) portfolio at that site.