Chair of Board of Regents resigns
Lorne Wheeler has resigned as chairman of
Memorial University’s Board of Regents to accept a new position as a senior policy advisor to Loyola Hearn, federal minister of fisheries and oceans.
Mr. Wheeler served as chairman of the Board of Regents since 2004.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve as chair of the Board of Regents,” said Mr. Wheeler. “It has been one of the great experiences of my professional life. I treasure my association with so many exceptional regents, faculty, staff and students, all of whom understand and value the vital role Memorial must play in the future of the province and in the personal well-being of future generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
“I want, in particular, to express gratitude to President Meisen and his team for their vision, leadership and service.”
Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University, thanked Mr. Wheeler for his contribution.
“Lorne Wheeler has been a very good chair of the board”, said Dr. Meisen. “He showed great interest in all aspects of the university and was particularly concerned about the well being of students. He will be missed but we all wish him well in his new position.”
The vice-chair of the Board of Regents, Dr. Georgina Hedges, will serve as acting chair until the provincial government appoints a new chair.
The Board of Regents is the governing body of Memorial University. Its members are all volunteers who are appointment by the provincial government, including student representatives, or elected by the university’s Alumni Association.