January 21, 2009

New Appointments Made to College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors

The Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education, announced today the appointment of Terry Styles as chair of the Board of Governors of College of the North Atlantic. Mr. Styles will take over from Al Goss, who has served as the board chair since September 2005.

"Mr. Goss has provided outstanding service to College of the North Atlantic during his three-year term, having a positive impact on the growth of the college, quality of programs and on the province�s post-secondary education system overall," said Minister Burke. "I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Styles as the new chair. As a successful entrepreneur, he will bring a solid knowledge of the business sector that will be an asset to the college system."

Minister Burke also announced today the appointment, effective immediately, of David Wells of Corner Brook to the Board of Governors, as well as student representatives Kimberly Kelly of Clarenville, and, Nicole Hayter of Burin.

In addition, in keeping with direction set out in the White Paper on Public Post-secondary Education, three individuals recently appointed to the Memorial University Board of Regents will also serve on the Board of Governors of College of the North Atlantic. Donna Stone, Jerry Byrne and Gilbert Bennett will assume their appointments to the Board of Governors immediately.

"Having three individuals serve on both boards will help provide a more integrated approach to governance between our two public post-secondary institutions, a key recommendation from our White Paper," said Minister Burke. "I welcome all new members to the Board of Governors, as well as those returning for a second term. We are in a period of tremendous growth across the education system, with unprecedented investments being made by our government. We will continue to work in partnership with the Board of Governors as we pursue the best possible educational experience for the province�s students."

Members re-appointed for a second term are Andrea Marshall of St. John�s, Barbara Cribb of Marystown, Al Lewis of Clarke�s Beach, Ronald Richard of Gander, Reginald Bowers of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Selma Pike of St. Anthony, Daphne McDonnell of Stephenville, Vanda Dove of Shoal Harbour, and, Roy Bennett of Norman�s Cove.

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Media contact:

Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 689-2624


Terry Styles is the owner and operator of Appalachia Distributing Ltd. in Stephenville. An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Styles has successfully created a distribution service plan for the Bay St. George area, expanding his enterprise over the years to include new territory in the province�s western region. Mr. Styles has a proven track record as an active member of the community through previous involvement with various minor and high school sports teams.

David Wells has a long and robust career with the Canadian Forces, having been posted in Sarajevo; Cornwallis, Halifax; and most recently, Gander. During his years in Gander, Mr. Wells was senior manager, responsible for all administrative and financial aspects for a unit of 60 full and part-time employees. Mr. Wells also has attained experience in the recruitment of new employees, employee and labour relations, and human resource policy development.

Kimberly Kelly is currently enrolled in the Office Administration � Medical Diploma program at the Burin campus of College of the North Atlantic. Ms. Kelly has served as a teacher�s assistant in the elementary grades at Black River Public School, and her extensive volunteer activities include over 400 hours of community service at various organizations including the Ottawa County SPCA, a nursing home and nature centre.

Nicole Hayter is currently enrolled in Office Administration at the Clarenville campus of College of the North Atlantic. Ms. Hayter is now serving as president of the Students� Representative Council at the college and is a member of the Council of Student Executives. Ms. Hayter has also been actively involved in her community with the Girl Guide movement and as a Sunday school teacher and band leader.

2009 01 21                                                    4:30 p.m.

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