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Chair renewed

Board of Regents chair reappointed for second term

Campus and Community

Memorial University welcomes the reappointment of Iris Petten as chair of the Board of Regents for a second term.

The provincial government made the reappointment announcement on March 2.

“Ms. Petten has been a tremendous addition to the Board of Regents,” said President Kachanoski. “Her leadership and dedication has served Memorial well and I welcome the opportunity to work closely with her for the next three years.”

Ms. Petten, who holds a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of vocational education from Memorial University, was appointed Board chair in February 2013.

“I look forward to leading the team that guides the university into a bright and successful future.” — Iris Petten

“I am honoured to be reappointed chair of the Board of Regents,” said Ms. Petten. “The next few years at Memorial will hold many challenges. Challenges are not new to Memorial. The university has a history of meeting challenges head on, creating and embracing innovation and adapting in a sea of change. I look forward to leading the team that guides the university into a bright and successful future.”

Memorial roots

Ms. Petten has had considerable connections with Memorial, particularly through the Marine Institute, where she served on the advisory board and on the review committee that developed the position of university vice-president for that campus. She also established a scholarship at the Marine Institute to offer financial assistance to students who plan to work in and improve the fishing sector.

Ms. Petten is a senior executive with experience as a corporate board member within private, publicly traded, crown and non-profit corporations. Ms. Petten holds an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate  Directors and has served as corporate director of Canship Ugland Ltd., Penney Ugland Ltd., Ocean Choice International, Canada Post Corporation and Oceanex Income Trust.

Community contribution

Her work and volunteer experience with many organizations, including Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network, Easter Seals, International Women’s Forum and the Advisory Committee of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, illustrates her exceptional versatility and adaptability within a variety of organizations.

The Board of Regents is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of Memorial University. Individuals with a diverse range of knowledge and expertise make up the Board of Regents.   Its 30 members are representative of the public and the institution. Most are appointed by the provincial government, including the chair and student representatives. Six members are elected by Memorial’s alumni.


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