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September 18, 2008

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Special Announcements
UNB Welcomes Nora Kelly as Executive-in-Residence

I am pleased to announce that Nora Kelly will join UNB as an executive- in-residence. Ms. Kelly is formerly deputy minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour; deputy minister of Health and deputy minister of Training and Employment Development. She has also served as assistant deputy minister of corrections and community services with the Department of the Solicitor General, and as vice-president of operations for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission.

Ms. Kelly has been seconded to UNB from the Government of New Brunswick for one year and will report to me during that time.

This is an exciting opportunity for UNB to benefit from Ms. Kelly’s wealth of experience in the public sector, particularly in areas of policy development. The specific details of her position at UNB will be finalized over the next couple of weeks, at which time they will be shared with the university community.

Please join me in welcoming Nora Kelly to UNB.

John McLaughlin

  1. Leslie Jeffrey permalink
    September 18, 2008 6:58 pm

    Has there been a coup and no-one has told us?

  2. Cicciolino permalink
    September 18, 2008 7:01 pm

    The important question here is … who or what is being coup-ed?

  3. Greg Cook permalink
    September 18, 2008 7:31 pm

    “Interesting times,” indeed.

  4. David Creelman permalink
    September 18, 2008 9:39 pm

    A writer-in-residence fosters the creative talents of the students and raises the intellectual spirit of the university. What does an executive-in-residence do? Dig the grave?

  5. Greg Cook permalink
    September 18, 2008 10:32 pm

    We don’t know. It’s a hasty appointment. But, after the fact, the job description will take two weeks to write. Humm… how deep?

  6. Linda Hansen permalink
    September 19, 2008 7:53 am

    Executive in residence is a staple in many business schools in the US, NZ, etc and also in some companies. Among its several definitions, it is a term:

    *applied to corporate managers who are brought in for their expertise and possible elevation to chief executive of one of the venture firm’s portfolio companies.* (NYT 12 Jan 2003)

    When is JM retiring?

  7. Greg Cook permalink
    September 19, 2008 9:14 am

    This deputy minister cum executive-in-residence would make better pay as UNB’s “chief executive,” if early her retirement is in the offing.

    I find it interesting that the province can lend her out before repairing the financial damage it has done UNBSJ by fumbling the ball repeatedly on the first and second downs.

    So we’re lining up for the third down and how many yards to go?

    Football anyone?

    Whose got the whistle?

  8. September 19, 2008 10:04 am

    That’s “who’s…?”

  9. Linda Hansen permalink
    September 19, 2008 10:21 am

    Remember the old football axiom:

    On any given Sunday, any given team can beat any other given team — as the NE Patriots discovered this past February when 19 and none became 18 and done …

  10. David Creelman permalink
    September 19, 2008 11:02 am

    Given how valuable Kelly is to the Liberals, how badly the Graham government is doing at the moment, and how useful she could be to them in any a number of areas, they must really be expecting her to be able to make some big changes to the UNB system in order to tranfer her over to the president’s office. I guess the search process for our new top administrator was didn’t take that long after all.

  11. Cicciolino permalink
    September 19, 2008 11:26 am

    Interesting that in the media, Ms. Kelly’s appointment is being protrayed as an unfair advantage for UNB over the other universities in the province. This could be spin, but it could also be true! Stay tuned….

  12. David Creelman permalink
    September 19, 2008 3:17 pm

    We’ve been told she was “seconded,” other reports say she has “retired,” and rumours say she wants away from the demands of government for a period. Who can tell? If a brilliant, effective, and powerful individual wanted to make a difference on campus, we would not normally hesitate to welcome her. Maybe I am too suspicious. I wish I had not been conditioned to be so.

  13. Linda Hansen permalink
    September 19, 2008 3:44 pm

    NB Conflict of Interest Act
    1999, c.36, s.10.

    11.1(1) A former Deputy Minister, head of a Crown corporation or executive staff member shall not, unless twelve months have expired after the date when he or she ceased to be employed as a Deputy Minister, head of a
    Crown corporation or executive staff member, as the case may be,

    (a) accept a contract or benefit from the Crown, or

    (b) make representations on his or her own behalf or on behalf of any other person with respect to a contract or benefit.

    So, it seems to me that the issue of:

    if she is seconded, if she is no longer a deputy minister, or if she is retired

    if she is being paid by the government or if she is being paid by UNB

    if she is dealing with PSE matters or not (and we don’t know because there is not a job description)

    might be of some importance legally first and foremost and needs to be clarified.

  14. September 19, 2008 9:00 pm

    Ah, David, we all develop instincts. When one steps in a muddy hole in the fog of conflicting commiques, one steps back. That’s also the academic training of a critical mind, which needs no apology.


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