Presidential Position Profile Finalized, Nominations Sought

July 05, 2013 - Campus Bulletin

The position profile for the University of Guelph’s eighth president and vice-chancellor has been finalized and is available online. The presidential selection committee is now inviting nominations of individuals who fit the profile.

The committee spent the past three months gathering input from members of the University community, including holding two town hall meetings, as part of the process of developing the mandate and position profile. Specifically, the selection committee sought input on:

• Leadership, qualifications and personal characteristics desired in the next president;
• Strengths, opportunities and challenges that the University should build upon and address;
• The University’s uniqueness and ideas to enhance its differentiation; and
• Short- and long-term priorities of the president.

The presidential selection committee will now move into the quiet stage of the presidential selection process. It will spend the next several months on confidential candidate cultivation.

The committee will recommend a presidential candidate to the Board of Governors. Under the University of Guelph Act, the board is responsible for appointing the president.

The new president is expected to be in place in the summer of 2014, when Alastair Summerlee’s second term will end.

Additional information the selection process is available on the Presidential Search website.

Members of the presidential selection committee are Board of Governors chair Dick Freeborough, chair of the presidential selection committee; Anita Acai, fourth-year B.Sc. co-op student; Graham Badun, a member of the Board of Governors; Prof. Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Management and Economics; Prof. Cate Dewey, chair of the Department of Population Medicine; Linda Hawkins, director of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences; Lisa Kellenberger, PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences; Virginia McLaughlin, Board of Governors vice-chair and chair of the board’s governance committee; Brad Rooney, president of the University of Guelph Alumni Association; and Prof. Byron Sheldrick, chair of the Department of Political Science.

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