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Alumni elect representatives to the Board of Regents

Ref. No. 178

DATE:     August 30, 2002
SUBJECT:     Alumni elect representatives to the Board of Regents

There will be three new faces at the table when Memorial University's Board of Regents convenes on September 5, 2002 at the Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook. Memorial alumni recently elected Leigh Borden, Earl Ludlow and Andrea Quinlan for three-year terms on the Board of Regents, Memorial's governing body. In the same election alumni re-elected Hayward Blake, Lisa Browne and Calvin Butt to a second term as regents.

At the close of voting on Friday, August 23, more that 2400 alumni had cast their votes for 14 candidates. Commenting on the election the chair of the Board of Regents, Mr. Edward Roberts said, "The six regents elected by the alumni are very important members of the board. I look forward to working with the three new regents and continuing to work with the three who were re-elected."

Dr. Paul Wilson, out-going president of the Alumni Association of Memorial University, expressed satisfaction with the results. "We had 14 excellent candidates stand for election this year. And the fact that so many alumni took the time to vote is a bonus. I'm confident that the newly elected alumni will ensure that the voices of students and alumni are heard at the most senior level of this institution. I know that each of them was has the commitment and passion to see Memorial University achieve its full potential."

Mr. John Kearsey, director, Alumni Affairs and Development, said this election is evidence that Memorial University is successfully reaching out to its graduates. "This year, by creating the online vote and promoting the event wherever possible, we saw many more alumni get involved in the process than in the previous two elections. That is very gratifying because it tells us that alumni are increasingly active in the affairs of their alma mater."

Created under provincial legislation, the Board of Regents of Memorial University is mandated "to do and perform all other matters and things which may seem appropriate and useful for the well ordering and advancement of the university." That includes the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. The 28-member board consists of the chancellor; the president, who is the vice-chancellor; and the vice-president (academic), who is the pro vice-chancellor. These three members are ex-officio. There are 19 members appointed by government including two full-time students. And the alumni association elects six members.

Note to editors: Profiles follow.


For more information, contact: Wade Kearley, communications co-ordinator, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Memorial University tel: 709-737-2620, cell: 709-727-3092, e-mail: wkearley@mun.ca.

New Alumni Representatives on the Board of Regents

RE- ELECTED--As a parent and educator, Hayward Blake feels that "university must continue to play a prominent role in this province." A graduate of Memorial University, (B.Ed. M.Ed.) he is a past member of the Board of Regents who has his professional roots in education. Hayward has been recognized with such prestigious awards as the Canadian Principal of the Year, and actively strives to better his community.

ELECTED--"The chance to help Memorial excel" is how Leigh Borden, BA (Hons), MA, describes his primary goal as a Board of Regents member. A former president and vice-president of Memorial University's student union, she played an integral role in the realisation of the University's new student centre, and has been actively involved with student life at every level. Leigh currently works in communications in Ontario's Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation.

RE-ELECTED--Memorial University has been home to Lisa Browne, BA, MBA, both professionally and academically. She has worked diligently as Operations Manager of Memorial University's Opportunity Fund, and as organizer of several alumni events in Toronto, toward the betterment of her alma mater. Currently, she is director of communications with the Peninsula's Health Care Corporation.

RE-ELECTED--Calvin Butt has experienced Memorial University from every angle. As a student, (BA (Ed) BA, Grad. Dip. Ed. M.Ed.), instructor, member and former vice-chair of the Board of Regents, vice-president of the Alumni Association, and founding president of the Baccelieu Trail Alumni Chapter, he consistently "gives back to his alma mater."

ELECTED--With 25 years experience in the electric utility industry, Earl Ludlow, BEng, MBA, is vice-president of Engineering and Operations at Newfoundland Power Inc., and has served as a member of Memorial University's Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Council. His diverse community and industry involvement furnish Earl with a strong sense of Memorial University's unique place in the community.

ELECTED--Commitment, leadership and vision are all words that can be used to describe Andrea Quinlan. A graduate of Memorial University and the University of Colorado, B. Comm. BA, M.Sc. she is Chief Operating Officer of the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation in St. John's. She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and the Senior Administration and Leadership Teams.


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