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Campus Bulletin

July 24, 2002

Campus consultation under way on presidential selection. Town Hall meeting to be held Sept. 13

The Presidential Selection Committee has begun its consultations and invites input and advice. In particular, the committee welcomes written input on: (1) the opportunities and challenges facing the University of Guelph over the next five to 10 years; (2) the characteristics and qualifications that candidates for the position of president should possess; and (3) the kinds of institutions or other sources the committee should look to for quality candidates.

As part of the consultation process, a town hall meeting has been scheduled for Sept. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the University Centre. Please feel free to attend for any portion of this time that you can.

It will be most helpful if written comments and advice about the search are submitted by campus mail or e-mail, in confidence, by Sept. 13. They can be sent to Board of Governors secretary Betsy Allan (, who serves as secretary to the committee. Comments can also be shared directly with the firm of Janet Wright & Associates, which has been retained to help the committee with the search. Call 416-923-3008 or send e-mail to Janet Wright at or Jack Dimond at Should you subsequently have further suggestions or questions, these can be submitted at any time. Information is also available on the Presidential Selection Commitee website.

Initially, all input and feedback received, whether orally or in writing, will help the Presidential Selection Committee prepare a position profile. This profile will be used as an aid in recruiting and to provide guidance in the assessment of candidates.

The committee’s responsibility is to propose the best candidate for appointment, and it intends to conduct a broad-based search until a suitable candidate is found. The term of the new president will begin Sept. 1, 2003.

In the coming months, the committee will be placing advertisements for the position in University Affairs, CAUT Bulletin and selected other publications. The committee also invites applications and nominations from the University community for the position.

I thank you in advance for your participation in this important process.

Michael Walsh, Chair, Presidential Selection Committee, and Chair, Board of Governors

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