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REF NO.: 306

SUBJECT: Memorial University appoints commissioners to review reporting structure of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

DATE: April 22

Three commissioners have been appointed by Memorial University President Axel Meisen to study the reporting structure of its western Newfoundland campus.

The three commissioners are (extended biographical notes follow below):

Dr. George Ivany, Memorial alumnus and former president of the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. James Greenlee, a long-serving faculty member and former division head at Grenfell College

Dr. Jack Strawbridge, a long-serving faculty member and current director of Faculty Relations at Memorial University

“During the recent search for the new Grenfell College principal, many stakeholders indicated that the college’s reporting structure was something that needed to be studied,” Dr. Meisen said. “Sir Wilfred Grenfell College plays a pivotal role within Memorial and on the island’s west coast and we are therefore moving ahead to analyze the situation to see what approaches will be best for the college, the university and the region. We endeavour to include perspectives from inside and outside the university. That is one reason why we have appointed Dr. Ivany, an eminent Newfoundlander and former president of the University of Saskatchewan, to join the commission. The commissioners will decide on the process that they will follow. I am looking forward to the outcome and trust it will yield the information we need to ensure that Grenfell College will continue to grow and meet the expectations of the people of this province.”

The questions the commissioners are tasked with answering are:

1. Should the present reporting structure, wherein the principal of SWGC reports to the vice-president (academic) be changed so that the principal reports to the president of Memorial University?

2. After the above question has been addressed and answered, are there benefits in making other changes in the reporting and organizational structure of SWGC and, if so, what are these changes?

Dr. Meisen said that the commissioners will consult with stakeholder representatives and review any background information they deem appropriate. The president hopes that the commissioners will reach consensus and submit a single report outlining their responses to the two questions. Dr. Meisen said that if consensus cannot be achieved, the commissioners are expected to prepare separate reports.

The commissioners will provide their draft report(s) to Grenfell College Principal John Ashton, Dr. Eddy Campbell, Memorial’s vice-president (academic), and to the university president for discussion before they are finalized. The final report(s) will be made public and considered for action by the appropriate governing bodies. Dr. Meisen expects the commissioners will complete their work by in June of this year.

General information on Grenfell College and Memorial University is available at the following Web sites:

Dr. James Greenlee

Dr. James Greenlee, senior professor of history at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, achieved his PhD from McMaster University in 1975. He instructed at McMaster University and the University of Windsor before being appointed assistant professor of history at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 1977. In 1983, Dr. Greenlee was appointed associate professor of history, and in 1989 was named professor of history. Dr. Greenlee authored Grenfell College’s Historical Studies Degree program and, as head of the Division of Fine Arts (1996-97), helped make significant changes to the theatre arts and visual arts curriculums. Dr. Greenlee was also head of arts and contributed to many college committees, including the senate and Pro-vice Chancellor’s Scholarly Awards Committee. He is the author of three books of original research, has published in several prestigious journals and received numerous accolades and awards, including GrenfellCollege’s 2004 Principal’s Teaching Award. In 2004, Dr. Greenlee endowed the Joanne Swan Greenlee Prize in Historical Studies.

Dr. J. W. George Ivany

Dr. J. W. George Ivany is the former president and vice-chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Ivany received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and physics and a diploma in education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received a master of arts degree in physics education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in secondary education from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ivany’s other professional experience also includes work with as a member of the external review team assembled by the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada that conducted a review of Malaspina College, and he served as a director for the Canadian Bureau of International Education (1996-2000) and served as the chair of the Board of Governors, Okanagan University College, from 2001-2003.

Dr. Jack Strawbridge

Dr. Jack Strawbridge was educated at Carleton University and Queen's University where he earned a PhD in developmental psychology. He has been a faculty member at Memorial since 1971. In 1982 he began taking on administrative roles, first as department head in psychology (1982-1987) and later as associate dean of science (1987-1990). Since 1990 he has been director of Faculty Relations except for a six-month period in 1998 when he was Interim vice-president (academic). In his current position he is responsible for all collective agreement matters involving faculty and advised on all academic personnel issues.

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