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REF NO.: 67

SUBJECT: Former president of Memorial named president emeritus

DATE: Jan. 15

Former Memorial University president, Dr. Arthur May, has been named president emeritus by the university's Senate. Dr. May, Memorial's alumnus of the year for 1983, served as president from 1990 to 1999.

The title of president emeritus is granted for outstanding service and achievement to the university in that leadership capacity.

"I am deeply honoured to be recognized in this way by the institution which has been so important in my life, and to my career in public service," Dr. May said of his new title.

President Axel Meisen noted that the distinction is fitting given Dr. May's past and ongoing connection to the university. "Dr. May has had a long and distinguished association with this university, as a student, as an alumnus, and as a president," Dr. Meisen said. "He continues to have a strong presence here at the university and I am very pleased that Senate has conferred this honour upon him. This distinction truly reflects the respect he is accorded by this university."

Dr. May was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and was educated at Memorial University where he received B.Sc.(Hons.) and M.Sc. degrees, and McGill University where he received a PhD in Marine Sciences. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate of science from Memorial University. He has worked as a fisheries scientist, a fisheries manager and an international negotiator and has been the CEO of several public institutions. He was deputy minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada from 1982 to 1985 and president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada from 1986-1990.

Dr. May is a past chair of the Atlantic Association of Universities. He has been a member of the board of directors, and of the executive committee, of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and has been a member of the Governing Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Dr. May was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in December 1995.

He is currently chair of the advisory board of the $300 million Atlantic Innovation Fund, a member of the board of the Canada Millenium Scholarship Foundation, and chairman of the board of One Ocean; an organization recently formed in Newfoundland and Labrador by the fishing and petroleum industries. He maintains an active interest and participation in public policy issues.

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