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Presidential Assessment

Dr. Gary Kachanoski has indicated that he wishes to stand for renewal of his appointment as president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University for an additional five-year term. Members of the university community are invited to participate in a comprehensive presidential assessment process.

As per the Presidential Search, Appointment and Assessment Policy, the executive committee of the Board of Regents is required to complete a comprehensive and confidential presidential assessment at least one year prior to the end of Dr. Kachanoski’s current term, which ends June 2015.

As part of a number of governance changes, in 2012 the Board of Regents adopted the Presidential Search, Appointment and Assessment Policy “to provide for appropriate and periodic appraisal of the president’s performance and leadership with a goal of assessment of the president’s and the university’s effectiveness.“ The process includes a self-assessment completed by the president and confidential input from the university community, including members of the Board of Regents, faculty, students, staff, alumni and retirees. The policy is available at

In academia, comprehensive reviews of academic leaders are the norm, and like many universities, Memorial has engaged an external consulting firm, Ogders Berndtson, to compile the input without attribution in order to preserve confidentiality. In response to inquiries from members of the university community who are travelling or otherwise unable to provide feedback by April 7, the deadline for receipt of feedback has been extended to April 14.

The executive committee of the Board of Regents will then forward a recommendation to the board on whether to reappoint the president. The matter is expected to be concluded in May 2014.

Members of the university community are encouraged to complete the confidential survey to ensure a thorough presidential assessment. Anonymous input will not be considered. The form can be found on the website of the consulting firm: