News Release

REF NO.: 231

SUBJECT: New associate vice-president (administration and finance) for Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

DATE: July 7, 2011

             Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, has a new associate vice-president (administration and finance). Memorial University’s Board of Regents appointed Gary Bradshaw to the position at its July 7 meeting, held in Corner Brook. 
             Mr. Bradshaw has more than 20 years experience in facilities management, project management and general management in the areas of engineering, financial services, human resources and labour relations.
             He is currently vice-president, finance and facilities, at the University of
Prince Edward Island (UPEI) where he has worked for the last nine years. During that time, he managed the planning and development of approximately $120 million dollars of capital expansion and renewal.  
             “Mr. Bradshaw’s appointment is a crucial part of the next phase of Grenfell’s growth and development,” said Dr. Mary Bluechardt, vice-president (Grenfell Campus). “Grenfell is growing into a larger, more complex organization and this new position will ensure that our management systems are equal to the task of further growth. I am very pleased that we will have strength in these areas as we move ahead.”           
            Mr. Bradshaw completed degrees at Memorial University in mechanical
 engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.  
             Prior to working at UPEI, Mr. Bradshaw was the vice-president of business operations at Stratos Global with responsibilities for customer and technical support, purchasing and inventory control, and general facilities management. Mr. Bradshaw held the position of director of Facilities Management at Memorial University for more than six years. Mr. Bradshaw is the immediate past-president of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) and is a director with Interuniversity Services Inc. and Capital Area Recreation. 
            Mr. Bradshaw begins in this position on Sept. 1, 2011.
            “Mr. Bradshaw is an ideal person for this new position at Grenfell Campus,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Memorial’s president and vice-chancellor. “He is familiar with Memorial University and brings a depth of experience that will be an asset as Grenfell Campus continues to grow and develop. Mr. Bradshaw has the technical expertise required to manage large infrastructure projects, but he also has the financial and management acumen required to ensure that Grenfell Campus continues to grow. I look forward to working with him.” 
            The associate vice-president (administration and finance) is a newly created position that reports directly to the vice-president (Grenfell Campus). The associate vice-president will play a significant role in providing leadership in creating the administrative structure for Grenfell.
            With the campus’ significant increases in budget and autonomy, and the addition of many new permanent positions, the associate vice-president will provide leadership for the deployment of these new resources and serve as the chief financial officer for the Grenfell Campus.
In September 2010, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College was renamed Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, to more clearly reflect its university status as part of Memorial University. It is a liberal arts and science campus with 1,250 students and 274 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of over $28 million. Grenfell Campus offers degree programs in fine arts (theatre and visual arts), arts (English, environmental studies, historical studies, humanities, psychology, tourism studies and social/cultural studies), science (environmental science, general science, and psychology), business and sustainable resource management, first-year engineering and the first two years of courses in most arts and science disciplines. Arts and science courses are also offered towards the bachelor of nursing (collaborative) degree at Western Regional School of Nursing. The primary/elementary education program, fast track option, is also offered at the Grenfell Campus, as is a new master of arts in environmental policy, the first of its kind in the country. As well, it offers a range of non-credit offerings to the community, and is a significant resource to the western region of the province.
 Located in Canada’s most easterly province, Memorial University of
 Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. Memorial offers
 graduate and undergraduate teaching and research opportunities across a full
 range of arts and science disciplines, as well as through a number of
 professional and technical schools. Its program offerings span a wide range
 from degree to non-degree to continuing education to certificates of various
 types, both technical and professional in nature.
 As well, Memorial is unique among Canadian comprehensive universities in
 offering a variety of degree and non-degree programs and courses that have a
 distinct maritime/marine tradition, even within such areas as science,
 engineering, arts, oil and gas, law, etc. Memorial University is a dynamic
 institution which has earned national and international distinction in a
 variety of fields, from telemedicine to the fine arts, from archaeology to
 oceanography and with emerging strengths in oil and gas studies, aquaculture
 and biotechnology. For a complete list of academic programs, please visit
Memorial has nearly 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students who are
supported by more than 1,000 permanent faculty members and a staff of some 3,000 employees. Memorial has two campuses located in St. John’s including the Marine Institute, and campuses in Corner Brook and Harlow (England); Memorial University offers the best of North American and European university life. It also has several centres and facilities across the province including the
Labrador Institute and the Bonne Bay Marine Station. 
Memorial has graduated 70,000 alumni since its first convocation in
1950. Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, Memorial has exercised a
role in the economic and social development of the province that is unique among Canadian universities, and as a result, has developed strong partnerships with communities and the private and public sectors.

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