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LETTER: MUN needs a new style of leadership

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Campus.
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Campus. - Kenn Oliver
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The Kachanoski administration at Memorial University is coming to an end.

A search committee for a new president is presently being formed. The chair of the Board of Regents at MUN, Iris Petten, who became chair shortly after Kachanoski became president, is chair of the search committee.

She gets to choose half of its members, including one member from the public at large. She seems to hold considerable power.

I get the impression a new president has already been chosen. Hopefully, it is not Marie Antoinette.

MUN has an annual budget around $333 million. That is about $666 for every person in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The people of N.L. own MUN and should have more than a token say on who becomes its president.

Contacts such as web links should be established where they can give input into the selection process.

MUN needs a new style of leadership.

It needs to break away from its current “growth at all costs” mandate, that is destroying MUN as a university.

MUN needs to truly honour its special obligation to the People of N.L.

Mike Hinchey

St. John’s 

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