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News Release from UNB

October 15, 2008

Special Announcements
Nora Kelly has begun new role as UNB executive-in-residence

UNB has just completed discussions with the Province, and I am pleased to report that Nora Kelly has begun her new role as a UNB executive-in-residence. Below is further information about this position, including some background.UNB regularly hosts visitors-in-residence — from visiting scientists and scholars to visiting executives — who serve our community in a variety of ways and add value to the learning environment. Visiting executives have included Sir Graham Day, former Chair of Cadbury Schweppes and PowerGen (1994) and Mr. Gilles Ouellette, President and CEO, Private Client Group, BMO Financial Group (2004).

In Ms. Kelly’s case, she has come to UNB on a secondment from the provincial government and will examine the role and impact of women in leadership positions in New Brunswick’s public, private and non-profit sectors. This secondment is funded by the Province.

In addition to being a resource for students and faculty on both campuses, she will also work with groups throughout the province associated with the NextNB public policy agenda.

Ms. Kelly’s primary objectives and activities as executive-in-residence are to:
• enrich the learning experience of students through the delivery of lectures, seminars, and/or advice to students, related to her area of focus;
• stimulate faculty discussion and research on issues related to women leaders in New Brunswick;
• provide advice to UNB with respect to its own approach to women in leadership;
• facilitate public discourse related to this subject.

Ms. Kelly will not work on the files related to post-secondary education policy in New Brunswick.

Ms. Kelly is eager to begin working in her new capacity and particularly looks forward to meeting with the university community.

Please join me in welcoming Nora to our community, and please let either one of us know if you have any further questions about the role she will play at UNB.

John McLaughlin

  1. David Creelman permalink
    October 15, 2008 7:58 pm

    I wonder if her position as an executive in residence is a bi campus appointment or exculsive to the Fredericton campus. As a person with tremendous experience dealing with policy issues at a high level, she would have a lot to offer our campus, particularly our gender studies program. Maybe we can coordinate some of her lecture series with up-coming GS offerings.

    Opps, have to go. I just heard someone down the hall drop something….

  2. October 15, 2008 8:26 pm

    (Wasn’t me, wise guy; I’m in la belle province, where they know how to vote, for the week.)

  3. Linda Hansen permalink
    October 16, 2008 7:43 am

    As I read this notice the first time, my reaction was: what is her job and why am I paying for it?

    As I read this notice the second time, I wondered at the enrichment the students would gain by attending lectures and seminars and receiving advice relating to an “area of focus” which still appeared to me, at second reading, more fuzzy than focused — and wondered too, why am I paying for it?

    As I read this notice the third time, I wondered at the University (and the government) realizing, suddenly, that we needed someone to stimulate UNB research into “issues related to women leaders” — and wondered too, why am I paying for it?

    As I read this notice for about the fifth time, I concluded that perhaps her job is the facilitation of public discourse, for certainly the (University) public is discoursing in response to her appointment but .. why am I paying for it?

  4. Linda Hansen permalink
    October 16, 2008 8:06 am

    Not following up my other post, but another observation.

    I don’t remember the circumstances of Graham Day’s relationship with UNB as executive in residence but …

    Gilles Ouellette was the BMO Executive-in-Residence with the Faculty of Administration — not a UNB Executive in Residence. He was not seconded to UNB by the BMO. I believe he visited UNB for 2 days in relation to that BMO Executive-in-Residence title and was brought in as part of the investment professional speaker series, delivering a single public lecture — although my memory may be faulty on this.

  5. Linda Hansen permalink
    October 16, 2008 8:14 am

    Funny this notice stretched back so far for its examples.

    A quick google just turned this up:

    October 8, 2008

    The Faculty of Business Administration’s Centre for Financial Studies (CFS) will host Mr. Robert McKim, former CEO of Halifax-based Seamark Asset Management, as its 2008 Executive-in-Residence.

    As the Centre’s Executive-in-Residence, Mr. McKim will deliver three presentations to students, faculty and the public on October 9-10th, 2008.

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