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Moran to face review
By Dave Yasvinski
Western started down the road towards reviewing the school's VP-academic and provost at Friday's Senate meeting by appointing five people to a selection committee.
Greg Moran, the university's VP-academic, is slowly nearing the end of his five-year contract which is set to expire July 1. Moran said he was limited in his ability to comment on the likelihood of his contract being renewed while the process was taking place, but added he has enjoyed his term.
"It is an incredible privilege to be working in this position at such a fine university at such an important point in time," he said.
The committee will be composed of eight individuals the five appointed Friday, Western President Paul Davenport, a vice-president, dean or faculty member appointed by Davenport and a person to be selected at the next Board of Governors meeting later this month.
The committee will be responsible for reviewing Moran's performance over the duration of his contract as well as the consideration of other potential candidates for the position, should any exist.
"I think it's a really difficult job," said Madeline Lennon, chair of visual arts and a committee member. "We have to review the years that Moran has been in this job and see what's worked and what hasn't and see what the vision is for the next five years."
Lennon explained the job comes with a big responsibility because of the importance of the VP-academic to the school. She said the person holding the position sets the academic tone which is the heart of the university.
"I think [Moran] has done a good job, but not all faculty would agree with me," she added.
Ian Armour, president of the University Students' Council and student representative on the committee, said when he was notified the review was coming up he asked to be put on the committee. One student representative out of eight in a decision of this nature is pretty good, Armour added.
"It is important that students are consulted as stakeholders in the university in a decision of this nature I'm happy to be involved in the process."
The committee will meet for the first time on Feb. 2.