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Board of Regents makes governance and administration changes

Memorial University's Board of Regents recently approved a number of governance and senior administrative changes. The changes, which principally affect the Board of Regents and the role of the vice-president (academic), are aimed at making the university's structures more responsive to increases in the numbers of programs, faculty and staff, and the further evolution of this multi-campus institution.

As part of these changes, the board also delegated some of its authority to senior administration for a number of management and operational functions.
After a governance review, the Board of Regents has revised its committee structure and amended its bylaws to delegate its authority under the Memorial University Act for some institutional management functions, which are now the responsibility of senior administration. These changes took effect Aug. 31, 2011. Information about the committees and the bylaws are available at

Following a recommendation by the president, and with approval at the Sept. 8, 2011, Board of Regents meeting, Memorial's vice-president (academic) has been re-titled as provost and vice-president (academic). The role, common within many large North American universities, has pan-university responsibilities for institutional operations and acknowledges that the vice-president (academic) is also the pro vice-chancellor and a member of the Board of Regents.

"The provost and vice-president (academic) position now carries with it responsibilities for ensuring that the university's operations, budget, policies, and administrative structures are aligned in support of the academic mission and strategic priorities," said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial's president and vice-chancellor.

Dr. David Wardlaw, as Memorial's new provost and vice-president (academic), will also be the chair of a new Vice-Presidents Council (VPC). The VPC membership includes Memorial's vice-presidents and is a decision-making body designed to address operational matters of institution-wide import.

"This new structure is intended to be more responsive to the diverse operational needs of this complex institution and enable greater coordination and collaboration among vice-presidential portfolios," said Dr. Kachanoski said. "Memorial has grown over the last number of years. Our budget is bigger. We have more students, more faculty and our priorities are evolving, so we made these changes to ensure that the governance and administrative structure better reflects the Memorial University that exists today."