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|SUBJECT:||Memorial’s president to step down in December to take new post; VP (academic) to serve as interim president|
|DATE:||Oct. 19, 2007|
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Biography – Dr. Axel Meisen
Axel Meisen is a professional engineer with a career in both academia and the private sector. He came to Memorial University in 1999 from the position of dean of Applied Science and professor of chemical engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has been a strategic advisor to both national and international petroleum and chemical companies. He holds degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University (PhD), California Institute of Technology (master's) and Imperial College of Science and Technology (bachelor's) in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Meisen was recently chair of the Atlantic Association of Universities, chair of the board of Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada, and has served as a member on the board of both the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He was recognized in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada.
Since Dr. Meisen's appointment in 1999, Memorial's enrolment has grown from approximately 15,500 to 18,000 students. Statistics show that more than 70 per cent of Memorial graduates now remain and work in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador following graduation.
Many existing programs have been reviewed and enhanced and major new programs have been added, including programs in Education, Pharmacy, Music, Applied Health Services Research, Instrumental Analysis, Oil and Gas Studies, Police Studies, Business, Tourism Studies and Sustainable Resource Management (the last three at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College).
Services to students have been improved: new chalet-style student residences were built at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, a new student centre (the Smallwood Centre) was created on the St. John's Campus and the Harlow Campus in England has been modernized. Wireless computer access is now available to students on all campuses in the province. General computing infrastructure has been upgraded, making Memorial University a leading university in information technology.
Memorial University has been developing strong programs in research and other scholarly activities. The university's external research funding has risen from $35 million in 1999 to approximately $90 million in 2007.
Substantial funding was raised for new infrastructure for advanced research and teaching, including the Inco Innovation Centre, Petro-Canada Hall for music, the Landmark Graphics Visualization Laboratory for rendering complex data in four dimensions, the Bonne Bay Marine Station in western Newfoundland and the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network. Many of these initiatives are the results of collaboration with other universities and/or public and private sector organizations in Atlantic Canada.
In 2006-07 a new institutional strategic plan was developed collaboratively by the faculty, staff, student and alumni of Memorial University and the people of the communities that the university serves in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.
Biography – Dr. HEA (Eddy) Campbell
Dr. Eddy Campbell is a mathematician who holds two degrees from Memorial University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Before taking up the post of Memorial’s vice-president (academic) on May 1, 2004, Dr. Campbell was an associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario before joining Queen's Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1983. His main research interest is the invariant theory of finite groups.
He served as president of the Canadian Mathematical Society from 2004 to 2006. He has also been involved in a variety of fund-raising activities on behalf of universities, the Canadian Mathematical Society and the United Way. He is presently serving a three-year term as a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
For further information please, contact Ivan Muzychka, associate director (communications), Memorial University, at 687-9433.