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Oct. 12, 2006


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Neville appointed associate vice-president (academic)

Vice-presidential support

by Jeff Green

Members of the Office of the Vice-president (Academic) include, from left, Roxanne Millan, Dr. Eddy Campbell, Denise Collins, Lisa Jones, Amanda Browne, Dr. Michael Collins and Dr. Doreen Neville. Missing from photo is Heather Roche. (Photo by David Sorensen)

A well-known researcher from the Faculty of Medicine has started a new chapter in her career ­ as one of the university’s top senior administrators. Dr. Doreen Neville, who teaches in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, was recently appointed the university’s second associate vice-president (academic). She joins Dr. Michael Collins who currently holds the other position. Both report directly to Dr. Eddy Campbell, vice-president (academic).

Dr. Neville’s appointment is just part of a major re-organization of the Office of the Vice-president (Academic), which includes hiring two new support staff. That unit has primary responsibility for academic matters and programs for Memorial’s almost 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students across a wide range of disciplines.

Dr. Neville’s appointment was approved by Memorial’s Board of Regents during a retreat in Stephenville on Sept. 14 and 15. She began her new job on Oct. 1.

“Like many native Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, I am committed to and proud of both Memorial University and the province, and this position presents an opportunity to make a contribution to both,” Dr. Neville said earlier this month. “All of the units which directly report to this new position involve the university reaching out to the community in some manner and engaging in external partnerships.”

A graduate of Memorial’s School of Nursing, Dr. Neville obtained her master of science degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds master of science and doctorate of science degrees from Harvard University. Presently she is also the administrative lead for the e-Health Research Unit in the Faculty of Medicine.

Among other things, Dr. Neville’s new portfolio includes responsibility for several units at the university that work closely with the general public, including Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), the Division of Lifelong Learning, the Harris Centre and the Oil and Gas Partnerships Program. She’ll also become the dean of record for academic reviews.

“I am really excited about this new position,” she said. “I strongly believe that Memorial has a pivotal role to play in the future prosperity of this province. I am delighted to be given an opportunity to contribute as part of the senior administration team at this critical point in our development.”

Creating a second associate vice-president (academic) post at the university is part of a strategic restructuring of his office, said Dr. Campbell. With 27 units ­ including the 12 academic deans and directors ­ reporting directly to him, he said another associate VP was only a matter of time. In fact, compared to other post-secondary universities, Memorial actually has more departments and units who report to Dr. Campbell’s office and less support staff and associate vice-presidents.

“The office re-organization will ensure that the Office of the VPA functions at the highest possible level in support of the aspirations of the university,” said Dr. Campbell.

“It will also provide improved service and accountability to the academic portfolio, allowing for more timely responses and better management of budgeting, academic appointments and resource allocation,” added Roxanne Millan, director of academic support programs with Dr. Campbell’s office.

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