Board of Regents approves reappointment of dean, other extensions
Dr. Mark Abrahams was renewed as dean of the Faculty of Science for a second five-year term effective Sept. 1.
The Board of Regents approved the renewal, unanimously endorsed by the review committee, at its meeting on Sept. 5, 2013. Dr. Wardlaw, provost and vice-president (academic) recommended the reappointment to the president and the board approved.
“Dr. Abrahams' first term at Memorial was highlighted by many accomplishments and faculty successes,” said Dr. Wardlaw. “As well, his commitment to research excellence and ability to instill this passion in his faculty and staff gives me confidence in his capability to continue in this role.”
Since his appointment, Dr. Abrahams has placed an emphasis on health, safety and productivity for everyone working and studying in the Faculty of Science. Under his guidance, key infrastructure work in excess of $13.5 million was completed to conform to contemporary safety standards and improve the laboratories and facilities for faculty and students. His leadership has also played a key role in advancing plans for new core sciences infrastructure and the establishment of the Department of Ocean Sciences, the first new academic department within the Faculty of Science since Computer Science.
He also established regular meetings with student groups within the faculty to engage students and provide them opportunities for information sharing and collaboration. He is also committed to increased communication about the Faculty of Science to raise the profile among alumni and in the broader external community.
Dr. Abrahams first term as dean began in March 2008. Before coming to Memorial, Dr. Abrahams spent 18 years at the University of Manitoba. His most recent role at that institution was as the associate dean of science (research). He holds a B.Sc. (honours) in zoology from the University of Western Ontario, a M.Sc. in biology from Queen’s University and a PhD in biology from Simon Fraser University. He is a member and chair of the NSERC Strategic Project Grants selection committee in Environmental Science and Technologies.
At the same Board of Regents meeting on Sept. 5, Nancy Parsons’ term as interim director, housing, food and conference services was extended effective Oct. 21, 2013 for a five-month period or until a permanent candidate is recruited - whichever comes first. As well, Dr. Alice Gaudine was appointed dean pro tempore, School of Nursing effective Sept. 20, 2013 until Sept. 30, 2014 or until a permanent dean is appointed.