Faculty honours colleague with memorial bench


Members of the Faculty of Business Administration
as well as the family of the late Dr. Wayne King
participated in an installation ceremony for a
memorial bench on July 5. (Photo by Dennis Flynn)

July 10, 2013

Friends, family and co-workers gathered on the shore of Long Pond recently to honour a departed colleague.

A memorial bench with a plaque inscribed to Dr. Wayne King was installed on the walking path on July 5. Dr. King, who passed away in November 2012, was an associate professor of entrepreneurship and small business at the Faculty of Business Administration up until the time of his death.

“For me personally, Wayne was always a mentor,” said Dr. Natalie Slawinski, assistant professor of strategic management, who helped organize the event and spearheaded the fundraising campaign for the bench.

“A lot of things made Wayne really special but when I think about the faculty of business’ values, I think he really lived those values,” she added. The core values of the Faculty of Business Administration are integrity, collaboration, a spirit of inquiry, respect and diversity, and excellence.

Dr. King first joined the business faculty in 1991 and soon began to make an impact on his colleagues, his students and the faculty itself. A chartered accountant by trade, Dr. King completed a bachelor of commerce degree at Memorial, a master of business administration at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, and a PhD in finance and accounting from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland.

He developed the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course at Memorial, along with fellow professors Dr. Gary Gorman and Dr. Dennis Hanlon and Mr. Dave King, current president of the Genesis Centre.

He also developed a course in social entrepreneurship, which he taught until he went on sick leave last fall, and was instrumental in developing a concentration in entrepreneurship for business students.

Outside of the university, Dr. King was involved in several initiatives to help develop entrepreneurship knowledge and skills in individuals and students, including the New Enterprise Store (1993), which helped under- and unemployed people to start and manage a business; Enterprise Education (1994), which saw the subject introduced into high schools across the province; and the Institute of Small Business Counsellors (1995), which aimed to improve the quality of counselling services available to small businesses throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

He was also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland, the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the East Coast Trial Association and the Jack Byrne Arena.

Dr. Slawinski noted that the location of the bench – situated in a small, green clearing with a clear view of the pond and the many ducks that frequent the shore – is appropriate to remember Dr. King.

“I think it’s really fitting that this bench is on a trail because of course, he loved the outdoors and he loved hiking,” she said.

Funds to build and install the bench were raised through donations from faculty members and staff at the Faculty of Business Administration. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland also contributed.

Susan White-MacPherson