Volume 93, Issue 32

Wednesday, October 27, 1999


Officer's salary to top USC's agenda

Western reviews admin posts

Olympic park gets federal support

$6 million and counting for brand new stadium

Downtown lights, cameras in stalled for increased safety

Downtown makeover committee unveiled


Caught on campus

Western reviews admin posts

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Calling all head honchos – Western is looking for a few good people.

Senate voted in selection committees last month for the posts of Registrar and VP-administration, laying the ground work to ensure the positions will be filled by their expiry dates next year.

Greg Moran, VP-academic and chair of the selection committee for the Registrar, said the panel has already met to discuss selection plans and today is the last day they will accept applicants. The position, currently held by Roma Harris, must be filled by Aug. 31 of next year, he added.

"The first step is to review the incumbent," Moran said. "We review her performance by open notice and special invitation."

He added the reviews received from faculty deans, professors, student leaders and other members of the community are vital to the process. "It's quite rigorous," Moran said, adding he had a great respect for the selection process, outlined in the Senate by-laws.

Moran, whose position as VP-academic was renewed earlier this year, said although the appointment dates are not until next year, a large amount of time is required to fully review the position as well as the candidate.

University Students' Council VP-campus issues Perry Monaco – the only student to sit on the committee – said he would like to see a decision made by Christmas. "[Harris] has made it known that she'd like the possibility to be considered for renewal," he said.

Although Harris said she would not comment on whether or not her plans included continuing on in her position, she said she has had a challenging term.

"Since 1995 we've faced the most drastic budget cuts," Harris said, adding she welcomed review opinions from the community.

Western's VP-administration, Peter Mercer, also a member of the Registrar selection committee, is also under review as his five year term is coming to an end. "It's a very interesting position," Mercer said of his job. "I would be interested in renewal if the chance comes up."

Mercer added he too has been asked to provide a personal review of his position and the successes in his term. "Because of the variety of the tasks, I've enjoyed myself," he said.

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