Volume 93, Issue 51

Tuesday, November 30, 1999


Board of Governors ratifies TA contract

Mercer gets second shot at admin

For-profit growth in CCBC plan

Province gets permit to party even harder

A little nookie goes a long way

Crime on campus discovers the wheel


Bass Ackwards

Mercer gets second shot at admin

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

The only change to the name plate on the door to the office of Western's VP-administration may be a spit and polish.

The Board of Governors voted to re-appoint Peter Mercer for a second term as VP-administration and general counsel on Thursday after hearing the recommendations from a joint Board/Senate committee. His second term will commence Jan. 1, 2001 and last five years.

Clair Callaghan, an administrative staff representative and member of the committee, said the review process was fair and thorough.

"We all came to the same conclusion that Dr. Mercer is a very committed person to Western," she said. "Western's interests were utmost on his mind."

Susan Grindrod, director of housing and ancillary services as well as a member of the committee, said Mercer's commitment to his job and skill, were two reasons which resulted in the decision.

Bill Peel, chair of Western's Board of Governors, said he was pleased Mercer would be returning to his position. "His leadership and commitment will be vital to Western's progress in the years ahead," he said.

Mercer said he was quite pleased with the support he received from the Board. "I felt gratified both the committee and Board felt I deserved a second term," he said.

Mercer added his main goal in continuing as VP-administration for a second term is to work on collective agreements with both the staff and faculty associations to ensure good relations among all employees on campus. He added one of his greatest accomplishments in his first term was the agreement completed with the staff association.

As dean of Western's law school from 1989-1995 before taking his administrative post, Mercer said his academic background was advantageous in giving him a solid understanding of both sides of the equation.

He described the first four years of his first term as a steep learning curve made easier by his great support staff. He added one of the main reasons he wanted to return was a result of the satisfaction he gained through relations with his colleagues.

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