Former U of A VP named Memorial U president
University of Alberta professor and former vice-president (research), Gary Kachanoski, was named on Nov. 18 as the next president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He will begin his term July 1, 2010.
“This is fantastic news for Gary and for Memorial University,” says Carl Amrhein, provost and vice-president (academic), at the U of A. “Gary’s friends and colleagues in Edmonton are so pleased for him. His tenure as vice-president (research) here was marked by tremendous growth and progress for the university, and I know that Memorial will benefit greatly from his talents. We look forward to building strong cross-Canada relationships with Gary and his team.”
Kachanoski is a renowned soil scientist and is the current Bentley Research Chair (Soil, Water & Environment) at the U of A. He served as vice-president (research) from 2001–07, a period that saw tremendous growth in the university’s external research funding, nearly doubling the total from $250 million to $490 million.
Kachanoski served as founding chair (2005–07) and driving force behind the creation of TEC Edmonton.