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It would be unfortunate

September 22, 2008

if the poorly carefully cynically timed announcement of Anne Compton’s appointment as Writer in Residence at UNB Saint John — which has been public knowledge for several weeks now — were to in any way become mixed up with the controversial announcement that Deputy Minister Nora Kelly is to become an “Executive in Residence.” Compton’s appointment is, frankly, long overdue. And unlike Kelly’s new position, Compton’s new duties are clearly defined and well-thought out, with a number of new initiatives — among them a new, interactive reading series housed at Imprint, the Uptown branch of the UNBSJ bookstore — already planned. Discussions about the shape of the appointment went on for months, in stark contrast to the rushed announcement of the Kelly position.

Anne Compton’s service to this university and this community is unparalleled. Her role in developing the arts in New Brunswick may be less widely known; it goes well beyond the justly celebrated Lorenzo Reading Series. She is an artist of national stature and has been recognized as such. It would be a great shame if the welcome news of her appointment were to become in any way mixed up with Kelly’s. Indeed, even the possibility takes ones breath away.

  1. Cicciolino permalink
    September 22, 2008 9:35 am

    Ditto for me! Felicitazione Dottoressa Compton!!!!

  2. Rachel Bryant permalink
    September 22, 2008 1:43 pm

    I just heard about this yesterday. Very exciting. I hope the podcast idea is developed, I’d love to listen in.

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