Regents gets new chair
Memorial’s Board of Regents has a new chair. Gilbert Dalton, an alumnus of the university and a seasoned business executive in this province, assumes the position effective immediately.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, March 13, by Premier Danny Williams.
“I am honoured to be asked to serve in this important role,” Mr. Dalton said. “Memorial is a tremendous asset for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and through its teaching and research it plays a significant role in the economic and social well being of our province.”
The Board of Regents is responsible for the management, administration and the affairs of Memorial and is made up of a diverse group of individuals representing business, social and educational sectors as well as students.
In addition to being a graduate of Memorial, Mr. Dalton is also an alumnus of Queen’s University. He worked with Ernst & Young in Toronto and Vancouver in a variety of accounting positions and in 1977, became a partner with Ernst & Young in St. John’s. In 1986, Mr. Dalton assumed the role of executive vice-president and chief financial officer for Baine Johnston Group of Companies, a position he maintains today.
As the chair of the Memorial University Board of Regents, he’ll help lead the largest university in Atlantic Canada. Memorial houses the region’s only fully comprehensive music school and is the only university in Canada to offer a degree in maritime studies and naval architecture, and one of only four Canadian universities with an international campus. Memorial is also a leader in oil and gas research and has one of the best university libraries in the country.
“Memorial plays a vital role in the social and economic life of this province. It is critical we have a strong, dedicated individual as chair of the board to ensure the university’s growth and development,” Premier Williams said. “I am confident that Mr. Dalton’s extensive experience in finance and economics will prove to be extremely beneficial to board members, and to the university community.”