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SUBJECT: Memorial University’s governing board to meet in Grand Falls-Windsor
DATE: July 21, 2004

MemorialUniversity's governing board will meet in Grand Falls-Windsor this week. A group of 27 community volunteers and university administrators, the Board of Regents is vested with the responsibility for the management, administration and business affairs of the university.

Over the past few years the university's governing board has held its July planning meeting in various locations around the province, focusing on some special topics and meeting with community leaders, alumni and friends of the university. "Aside from dealing with regular agenda matters, we also take some extended time to discuss special issues in more detail than we are able to during the rest of the year," says Dr. Axel Meisen, Memorial's president and an ex officio member of the board.

"We also value these occasions as opportunities to interact with members of the community and hear about their views about the university and our plans - something that is vital to us as our province's only university," says Dr. Georgina Hedges, acting chair of the Board of Regents. "Last year's meeting in St. Anthony proved to be extremely valuable in terms of our sharing news about the university and then hearing about the issues facing the people in that region ."

The board meeting in Grand Falls-Windsor will take place July 21-23. Dr. Hedges and Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Walwyn Blackmore will co-host a dinner for community leaders on July 22. Special guests at that event will include Major Vyvyan Harmsworth, who is a trustee on the Rothermere Fellowship Trust, and Mrs. Alexandra Harmsworth. Each year the trust awards a prestigious fellowship valued at $27,000 to a Memorial Universitygraduate pursuing graduate studies in the UK. Major Harmsworth is a descendent of the Harmsworths who founded the pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor.

About the Board of Regents

The Memorial University Act , which established the university in 1949, outlines the composition and responsibilities of the Board of Regents. The provincial government appoints the majority of the 27 members of the board - 17 community members and two student representatives. The university’s alumni association elects six members to the board. The balance of the positions are held ex officio by senior leaders of the institution, including the chancellor, the president and the vice-president (academic). For more information, visit www.mun.ca/regents.

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