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New role for retiring registrar

After 42 years in the Office of the Registrar, Glenn Collins will retire from the role as university registrar and secretary of Senate in October but will continue in a part-time capacity as executive director of the Board of Regents.

Mr. Collins joined the Office of the Registrar as assistant registrar in 1970. He was appointed university registrar and secretary of Senate in 1982. He holds a bachelor of science in math and physics, a master's in mathematics and a bachelor of education, all from Memorial. In 1985 he completed a senior university administrators' course at the University of Western Ontario.

While he was leading the Office of the Registrar, that unit received the highest ratings from an Association of Commonwealth Universities benchmarking exercise, with an "excellent" rating in 66 out of 90 benchmarks and "very good" or "good" in the remaining 24.

Over the years Mr. Collins has also played a critical role in other high-level university governance activities. He served as executive secretary to the Task Force on the Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Marine Institute, leading to the successful union of the two institutions in 1992-93.

He served as acting vice-president (administration and finance) from May 2003 to January 2004. Since 2008 he has also served as adviser to the Board of Regents.

The role of executive director of the Board of Regents is one of the outcomes of the deliberations of the Board of Regents' Ad Hoc Committee on Governance last year. The board recognized the necessity of creating a Board Secretariat to reflect the recent changes in role, responsibilities, organizational structures and processes of the board.

The executive director of the Board of Regents will provide proactive guidance and expertise to ensure the effective operation and administration of the Board of Regents and its committees, and provide advice and interpretation on matters of authority, process and governance as they are prescribed through legislation, by-laws, policies and regulations.

A key responsibility of the position is the promotion within the university of good governance practices.

Of particular importance is the development and establishment of relationships with senior university officers in the discussion, mediation, consensus-building and implementation of board decisions.

Currently the regents are supported by Mr. Collins, who serves as part-time adviser, the secretary to the board, a senior policy analyst and an intermediate secretary.

The position of executive director will replace the adviser position.

Mr. Collins is appointed as interim executive director, starting Nov. 1, on a part-time basis for a two-year period, allowing him to define resources and set up processes related to past recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance among other responsibilities.