University names general counsel
Karen Hollett is Memorial’s new general counsel. She has served as director of faculty relations since September 2006. The appointment was approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting last week.
General counsel is a newly-created position at Memorial. In this role, Ms. Hollett will report to the vice-president (administration and finance), Kent Decker, and advise the university’s senior leadership on all legal matters related to the university.
Ms. Hollett has a BA from Memorial and a law degree from Dalhousie. After working in private practice in St. John’s, she joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union in 1993 as a labour relations officer and lawyer.
She joined the Office of Faculty Relations on Sept. 1, 2003, as associate director and legal counsel. As director of faculty relations, she was responsible for the negotiation and administration of the collective agreement between the university and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) and the lecturer’s union (LUMUN). Ms. Hollett also served as interim legal counsel for a period of time after her appointment as director.
Ms. Hollett has an advanced alternate dispute resolution certificate from the University of Windsor Law School. She is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Association of University Solicitors, the Academy of Academic Personnel Administrators and the CAUBO faculty bargaining group.
Dr. Axel Meisen, Memorial’s president, said Ms. Hollett has been effective and skilled in the discharge of her previous duties, adding that the university looks forward to her continued leadership in her new post.
“The position of general counsel is a critical component of the university’s leadership,” said Dr. Meisen. “The Board of Regents has made a wise choice with Ms. Hollett’s appointment, but she will be missed in her role as director of faculty relations.”