Coun. Laura Aylward doesn’t want to see any big changes in College of the North Atlantic.
Her biggest concern is that its headquarters remains and that it’s president lives in the town.
Aylward made the comments during the regular general meeting of the Stephenville town council on Thursday afternoon after inquiring about a private meeting the previous day that council had with the new college president.
Aylward said unfortunately she couldn’t attend because she was tied up with a medical appointment.
She asked Mayor Tom Rose how the meeting went and pointedly asked him whether the new president William Radford is living in Stephenville.
Rose replied that Radford doesn’t have a home in Stephenville, that he’s a president that travels a lot and spends time in Qatar and St. John’s, but stays in residence at the college when he’s in Stephenville.
Aylward didn’t feel that was good enough and said she thinks Radford should follow suit as all former presidents did and live in the town.
She also inquired about other positions and Rose said some of them are what’s referred to as floating positions, with a number of deans who do not live here.
Rose said overall the meeting with Radford was a good one and the president gave an overview of college modernization and where the Bay St. George Campus and the college as a whole are going.