In a shocking turn of events on November 14, Brittany Lennox, Director of External Affairs, Communications, and Research resigned from her position with the Board of Regents. Terms for student representatives are two years in length, Lennox resigned shortly after one year of her term.
The Board of Regents has been noted to be one of the most secretive boards with some of the most power in the university. While many other universities allow media to attend entire board of regents meetings, in the case of MUN, only invited members are allowed to stay for the whole time and media for a designated period of time in which nothing of much importance happens.
The board has been openly critiqued for being too secretive by many people, including Lennox, whose public resignation letter had more than half of the document redacted, which she cited was for “confidentiality purposes”.
The board is responsible for the governance of the university, including discussing tuition models which could increase tuition that students pay currently at MUN. In an interview with Dr. Kachanoski, the president of MUN, over the summer, he said that the secretive nature of the board was nothing but normal practice and ensured the safety and privacy of the volunteer board members. Kachanoski assured that none of the members of the board are paid, and as a result, do not need to deal with the stresses of public meetings.
Iris Petten, chair of the board of regents, said in a public statement posted on the Gazette’s website, “On Monday afternoon I unexpectedly received a resignation letter from one of our students who serve on the university’s governing Board of Regents. It contained some very concerning statements about how she feels she was treated at the board meetings she attended over the past year. I was surprised by her allegations as she had never raised these important matters with me before. I immediately called and spoke with her to request a meeting to discuss in more detail her concerns and was awaiting her reply.”
Petten suggested that the public manner in which Lennox handled the resignation was not appreciated, and she had hoped to quickly ameliorate the situation without the public being involved.
Petten concluded that the board would be looking into the allegations and ensuring that others do not feel the same as Lennox does.