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New official administrator for Alberta Health Services

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Alberta Health Services Office. File/Global News

EDMONTON – Carl Amrhein is the new official administrator for Alberta Health Services.

His job is to oversee governance and decision-making at the health-delivery agency.  Amrhein is accountable to Health Minister Stephen Mandel.

Amrhein was serving his third term as provost and vice-president academic at the University of Alberta.

In a blog post, the university’s outgoing president said Amrhein will take a seven-month administrative leave from the school.

“I write today to announce that Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Carl Amrhein has resigned his administrative post, effective November 17, 2014, to undertake a secondment as Official Administrator in Alberta Health Services to June 30, 2015,” wrote Indira Samarasekera.

“At that point, Carl will begin a seven-month administrative leave from the University of Alberta before returning to his position as professor of geography in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.”

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Carl Amrhein, Prost, University of Alberta,. Credit: University of Alberta

AHS confirmed the appointment is a seven-month, interim position. The agency told Global News Amrhein may continue to do work for AHS once the term expires.

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Janet Davidson, who had been in the administrator role, is returning to her position as deputy minister at Alberta Health.

In June 2013, Alberta’s then-health minister Fred Horne announced the government terminated the board and chair of Alberta Health Services following a vote on executive bonuses.

The government appointed an official administrator at Alberta Health Services in 2013 to act in place of a board of directors.

With files from Global News

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