Dean to chair provincial business board
Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, will chair a newly appointed Business Advisory Board for the provincial government. The appointment was announced by Premier Danny Williams at a news conference May 31.
“The establishment of this board will complement the Department of Business and will perform the important function of advising government of the trends of today’s economy and the future possibilities for our economy,” said Premier Williams. “I am very pleased that some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most dynamic, experienced and successful business people have agreed to participate on the Business Advisory Board. Membership consists of a wide cross-section of regions and industries such as IT, tourism, communications and the service industry.”
The newly established Business Advisory Board will report to the Department of Business and will meet throughout the year and provide advice and recommendations to government.
“The Business Advisory Board will benefit from the expertise and experience of leaders from across the province and I am delighted to be working with such a talented group,” said Dr. Gorman. “The board will be a conduit between the business community and government and I look forward to getting out there and talking with people.”
“As part of our blueprint commitment to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, we promised to develop strong business initiatives and advocacy groups, and I am confident that the new Business Advisory Board is a significant step in fulfilling that commitment and moving our business prospects forward,” added Premier Williams. “These individuals will help government recognize the direction of global markets and will provide strategic advice on how we, as a government, can most effectively and efficiently assist business in the province.”
The board will be comprised of 15 individuals, representing various industries and regions of the province. In addition to Dr. Gorman as chair, the board also includes a number of Memorial University alumni including Mark D. Dobbin, Peggy Bartlett, Paul Hatcher, Dean MacDonald and Charlene Johnson.
Dr. Gorman joined Memorial University in May 1977. His initial appointment was as a co-ordinator for the Co-operative Program with the faculty and was subsequently promoted to assistant director. Since then, he has held positions including director of the Centre for Management Development, and assistant and associate dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. In August 2002, Dr. Gorman was appointed dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.