Government appoints new Regents
New appointments have been made to Memorial University’s Board of Regents. Joan Burke, minister of Education, noted that the individuals represent many different professions as well as volunteer and community involvement which will prove to be an asset to the operation of the university.
“The Board of Regents plays a critical role in determining the future of our province’s university system,” said Minister Burke. “It is important we have a team that has the skills, dedication and enthusiasm to lead the university in the coming years. The individuals recently appointed have a strong background in education, business, community involvement and volunteerism, just to name a few. This is exactly what we need on the board to ensure the university continues to provide a rich learning environment for students and faculty alike.”
The new appointments are as follows: James Igloliorte, Judy White, Jeanette Lundrigan, Martin Gould, Jim Keating, Brian Dalton, Tony Roche, Rosellen Sullivan, Gaylene Buckle and Vinod Patel.
President Axel Meisen said he was “delighted” with the announcement.
“They come from all parts of the province, with different backgrounds," said Dr. Meisen. "They are joining at a really good time because we are getting towards the end of the development of our strategic plan. So they can be part of setting the direction of the university for the future."
The first meeting of the new board takes place today, Dec. 14
Memorial University Board of Regents is responsible for the management, administration and the affairs of the university. It comprises a diverse group of individuals representing business, social and educational sectors as well as students. All serve three-year terms.
“I thank all the individuals for accepting appointments to the Board of Regents. Being a member of the board can be challenging, but each member will make a vital contribution to the university’s future success, and therefore to the success of our province. On behalf of the Provincial Government, I applaud these dedicated Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for agreeing to volunteer their time and talents,” said the minister.
Retired Provincial Court Judge James Igloliorte
|Retired Provincial Court Judge James Igloliorte has been appointed to Memorial’s Board of Regents. He received a honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial in 2002.
Mr. Igloliorte was born and raised in Hopedale. He holds a bachelor of science and bachelor of education from Memorial University and studied law at Dalhousie University. Mr. Igloliorte retired from Provincial Court in 2004 and is currently employed with the Labrador Inuit Development Corporation. He is the recipient of the 1999 National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, and is president of the St. John’s Native Centre.
Ms. White studied law at Dalhousie and has extensive experience with Aboriginal issues. She has been actively involved in research and policy development for First Nations, and has served on numerous boards and worked with a variety of agencies in support of First Nations.
Ms. Lundrigan hails from Burin and has worked from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Grand Bank. She graduated from Memorial with a bachelor of social work, has worked in the field for more than 25 years, and is now a consultant with the Community Support Program with Eastern Health. Ms. Lundrigan has served on several boards, and is currently chair of the Fund Disbursement Committee for the Canadian Tire Jump Start Chapter.
Mr. Gould is a retired teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, and was owner of a successful business in Plum Point for nearly 20 years. He holds a bachelor of arts and education from Memorial University and a masters of educational administration from the University of New Brunswick. Mr. Gould has served on several community development boards.
Jim Keating is an engineering graduate from Memorial University and was appointed vice-president of business development at Newfoundland Hydro two years ago. Mr. Keating is actively involved in the community, serving on several industry and non-industry associations and communities and is a member of the Bull Arm Site Corporation.
While studying Earth Sciences at MUN, Mr. Dalton co-founded a successful mineral prospecting and exploration services company, allowing him to work throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also co-founder of Altius, a natural resources company that has thus far attracted more than $100 million in direct and indirect investment in the province. Mr. Dalton is an active member of several volunteer and industry organizations.
Mr. Roche has a bachelor of commerce from Memorial University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Following a successful career in investment banking in New York, Mr. Roche returned to his home province for a new career with CIBC. He has donated time to Junior Achievement and volunteer coaching in recent years, and is a member of the Rotary Club.
Ms. Sullivan graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1998 and practiced law with the Department of Justice from 1999 - 2003. She is currently in private practice with Simmonds Kennedy Law Firm.
Ms. Buckle is currently the general manager with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, but has experience as a business owner and as a reporter with several newspapers in the province. She has volunteered her time with many diverse organizations, including the Association of Cultural Industries, Western Tourism Steering Committee, Canadian Parents for French and the 1999 Canada Winter Games.
Dr. Patel has called St. John’s home since 1973. Currently he is a general practitioner and clinical chief of long-term care with Eastern Health. Prior to that, he was clinical chief of the emergency/trauma program with the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s. He has also been involved with training of paramedics, medical students and physicians. He is a council member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and holds his M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.