NL intervention in MUN presidential search generates controversy

August 3, 2008

Reaction over the Newfoundland and Labrador government's involvement in the presidential hiring process at Memorial University continues to play out in media, government and academia. CAUT says it will investigate the matter if it receives a formal complaint from faculty of political interference, and may censure MUN. A former Liberal education minister is calling for Joan Burke's resignation. In a statement released last Friday, MUN's acting president said he's withdrawing his candidacy for the position, stressing the importance of academic autonomy. A government official says MUN's presidential-search committee chairman provided Burke a shortlist of candidates. CAUT | St. John's Telegram | MUN News | Globe and Mail | CBC | Daily Gleaner