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REF NO.: 193

SUBJECT: Board of Regents appoints Dr. Chris Loomis to serve as Memorial University’s president while search continues

DATE: June 25

The Board of Regents of Memorial University has announced that Dr. Chris Loomis will serve as president and vice-chancellor of the institution while the search for a new permanent president continues. Dr. Loomis succeeds Dr. Eddy Campbell who is leaving Memorial University to become the 18th president of the University of New Brunswick. The appointment of Dr. Loomis is effective July 1, 2009.  
A pharmacy professor and researcher, Dr. Loomis currently serves as Memorial’s vice-president (academic) pro tempore. Prior to taking that position he served as Memorial’s vice-president (research), and immediately before that he was director of the university’s School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Loomis’s promotion creates an impending vacancy in the vice-president (academic) position. To address this issue, the Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Reeta Tremblay as vice-president (academic) for the interim period, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Tremblay currently serves as dean of Memorial’s Faculty of Arts.
The timing of both appointments allows for a period of overlap to facilitate the transition. 
The search for a new permanent president of Memorial University continues on schedule. The Presidential Search Committee has conducted public consultations inside and outside the university to develop a candidate profile, sought nominations from the public and is advertising the position nationally and internationally. More information on the search is available on the Presidential Search web site

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