The search to select the next President and Vice-Chancellor

The Chair of the Mount’s Board of Governors and a Presidential Search Committee representing all facets of the University are conducting a search for the new President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University.

Updates & Announcements

Updates will be shared throughout the search process from Jolene Mahody, Chair of the Board of Governors, who is also the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Questions related to the search can be directed to boardchair@msvu.ca.

Update: December 8, 2016

Update for the Mount community on the presidential search process

From Jolene Mahody, Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee


Before the University breaks for the holiday season, I wanted to share with you an update on our search for the nextPresident and Vice-Chancellor for the Mount.

Based on the position profile developed over the course of last summer with the input of more than 200 members of the Mount community, the Presidential Search Committee worked this past September and early October to develop a shortlist of candidates for the role of Mount President. Through preliminary interviews, three candidates were identified for consideration.

The Committee then sought expanded input on these shortlisted candidates, arranging for additional representatives of each of our three main constituent groups (students, faculty and staff), together with the Mount’s two Vice-Presidents, to meet with the candidates, on a confidential basis, and provide their feedback. These meetings took place on October 29 and 30.

As previously noted, the Committee’s decision to move forward using a representative consultation approach was not taken lightly; it is one that carefully balanced the need for further consultation with the Committee’s responsibility to find the best candidate. (You can read more about that decision here.)

I believe we are on track to announce the appointment of a new President in early 2017. Since the meetings held in October, the Presidential Search Committee has been reviewing in detail the input of the expanded representative group and seeking additional information as required.

I am grateful to the members of the expanded representative group for the time and care they dedicated to meeting with shortlisted candidates and providing their detailed feedback. As well, I am sincerely appreciative of the efforts of the Presidential Search Committee in this process. Through the Committee, each of the Mount’s major constituent groups is represented – students, faculty, staff, alumnae and the Board of Governors (including a representative of the Sisters of Charity and the broader community), and each member continues to take very seriously her/his representative role and commitment to finding the next President and Vice-Chancellor for the Mount.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact me at boardchair@msvu.ca. A reminder that you can find previous updates and more information about our search process on the Mount website.

I hope you and yours have a very happy and peaceful holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Sincerely,

Jolene Mahody
Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
Mount Saint Vincent University

Update: October 19, 2016

Message to the Mount Community

From Jolene Mahody, Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

I wanted to share with you an update on our process to find the next President and Vice-Chancellor for Mount Saint Vincent University.

As recently noted, on September 28th, the University’s Presidential Search Committee met to identify an initial shortlist of candidates. On October 13th and 14th, preliminary interviews were held.

I am pleased to report that, through those candidate meetings, the committee has identified three individuals whom we recommend be further considered for the role.

As our next step, we will seek expanded input on these shortlisted candidates and arrange for meetings with other members of the Mount community, in addition to those represented on the Presidential Search Committee. In the next couple of weeks, representatives of each of our three main constituent groups (students, faculty and staff), together with the Mount’s two Vice-Presidents, will meet with the candidates, on a confidential basis, and provide their critical feedback to the Committee.

The Presidential Search Committee decided to move forward with this approach as it ensures that Mount community input is received without the candidates being required to publicly declare their interest in the position in a manner that may jeopardize their relationships with their current employers and the stakeholders with whom they work. This decision was made based on candidate circumstances, a review of current practices at other Canadian universities, discussions with our search consultant, and careful deliberations by the Committee. The Committee’s decision provides for broader consultation than is the current practice of most Canadian universities.

In its deliberations, the Committee recognized the unique culture of the Mount and our University’s commitment to transparency. It is in this context that the decision was made to take this approach – one that ensures expanded consultation while also ensuring that we are able to move forward with our most qualified candidates. This was a decision that was not taken lightly; it is one that carefully balances the need for further consultation with the Committee’s responsibility to find the best candidate.

The input of the Mount community continues to be critical to the process to select our next President and Vice-Chancellor. At the outset, broad input was solicited in developing the position profile that is at the heart of the search. Through the more than 215 submissions received from Mount community members, we identified the qualities, skills and experience we are seeking in our next President.

The composition of the Presidential Search Committee is such that the Mount’s major constituent groups are represented – students, faculty, staff, alumnae and the Board of Governors (including a representative of the Sisters of Charity and the broader community). I assure you that each member of the Committee takes very seriously her/his representative role and is very much dedicated to finding the best possible next President and Vice-Chancellor for the Mount.

We will continue to keep you updated as this process moves forward. Our hope is to set-up next interviews soon.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at boardchair@msvu.ca. You can also find a Q&A document here for your information.

Sincerely,

Jolene Mahody
Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
Mount Saint Vincent University

Update: October 3, 2016

Presidential search update

In anticipation of Dr. Ramona Lumpkin’s retirement in July 2017, the Mount embarked on the process to select a new President and Vice-Chancellor this past spring.

Since the process began, we have gathered the input of the Mount community toward the development of a comprehensive position profile. We have also advertised the position and, over the summer months, the search firm assisting with our search spoke with individuals interested in the role.

Based on that work, at the most recent meeting of the university’s Presidential Search Committee (held September 28, 2016), an initial interview list was developed. In the weeks ahead, we will begin a first round of interviews.

We will continue to keep you posted on the search process as we advance in the process to select a new president.

A reminder that you can find additional background on the Mount’s presidential search here. As well, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via boardchair@msvu.ca.

Thank you,

Jolene Mahody
Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
Mount Saint Vincent University

Update: June 20, 2016

New position profile

I am writing to share an update on the work of the Mount’s Presidential Search Committee.

At the committee’s meeting on Friday, June 10, members reviewed the aggregated input received through the recent presidential search survey. Thank you to all who responded to the survey – we heard from 218 members of the Mount community representing all key groups, including faculty, staff, students, Board members, alumnae, donors and senior leaders at partner organizations. Your input is invaluable to the process to select a new President for the University.

Based on that input, the Presidential Search Committee also recently finalized a position profile for the role of President and Vice-Chancellor. The profile captures opportunities, issues and challenges for the new President and details the role and mandate based on three priority areas: setting strategic direction, building relationships and championing development. You can view the full profile here.

From here, Laverne Smith & Associates – the firm hired to 
lead a search plan and support the University’s Presidential Search Committee – will be further advertising the position and continuing conversations with potential candidates. We anticipate identifying a shortlist of candidates by early fall.

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to submit your input, the presidential search survey remains open and can be accessed at this link. A reminder that all responses go directly to Laverne Smith & Associates and are held in confidence, with only aggregated information shared with the Committee. Also, 
nominations for the role of President and Vice-Chancellor can be forwarded throughout the duration of the search to MSVU@lavernesmith.com.

You are also welcome to submit your input or ask questions via direct e-mail to me at any point (
boardchair@msvu.ca).

Sincerely,

Jolene Mahody
Chair, Board of Governors
Mount Saint Vincent University

Request for input: April 21, 2016

Presidential search survey launched

We have recently embarked on the process of selecting a new President and Vice-Chancellor for Mount Saint Vincent University. The search will be comprehensive in scope with an integral portion being a process of consultation. To assist with our search, we have engaged the services of Laverne Smith & Associates, a firm with extensive experience in the university sector (including the Mount’s last presidential search).

The University’s Presidential Search Committee recently held its first meeting to discuss the next steps in the process. Further to that meeting, a survey has been developed to gather the input of Mount faculty, staff, students, alumnae, members of the Board of Governors and other community leaders regarding the opportunities and challenges facing the new President as well as desired attributes.

You are invited to complete this brief survey at this link. Your responses will go directly to Laverne Smith & Associates and will be held in confidence. The Mount’s Presidential Search Committee will review the aggregated information and use it as a guide in the search process, in particular in the development of the more extensive position profile.

Your input is critical and I encourage you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts via this survey.

If you have any questions about the process to select the Mount’s next President and Vice-Chancellor, please do not hesitate to contact me at any point via boardchair@msvu.ca.

Thank you for your time and input.

Jolene Mahody

Chair, Board of Governors
Mount Saint Vincent University

Update: April 11, 2016

Mount Saint Vincent University is beginning the search to select the next President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin was appointed as the 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of the Mount in 2010 for a five-year term which ended June 30, 2015. She since reoffered for an additional two-year term, in anticipation of her retirement in July 2017.

Ramona has provided exceptional leadership to the Mount and we are grateful for her contributions. During her tenure, Ramona has led the development and execution of our current five-year strategic plan Mount 2017: Making a Difference, and executed the university’s most ambitious fundraising campaign to date, which raised over $12 million in 20 months, and resulted in the construction of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research, a building that celebrates the role women have played in shaping our society. Also during her time at the Mount, Ramona has served on the boards of Universities Canada and the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), including a term as Chair of the AAU board, as well as given of her time through countless other personal and professional volunteer affiliations.

With the end of Ramona’s term nearing, the Mount has recently started the process to identify a candidate for the office of the President and Vice-Chancellor and to recommend this candidate to the Board of Governors for approval. As part of this process a Presidential Review Committee has been convened, representing all constituencies of the university community including faculty, staff, students and alumnae.

The search committee

Each member of the committee will sign a Charter of Expectation which establishes expectations regarding confidentiality, conflict of interest, meeting attendance and engagement.

The university has also engaged the services of a search firm to create and lead a search plan and support the committee in identifying viable candidates. The firm was selected through a competitive bidding process and based on a review of proposals and it was determined that Laverne Smith and Associates is best positioned to lead this effort on behalf of the Mount, working with the committee.

Dr. Laverne Smith is the lead on this search, she has extensive experience in the university sector including a number of university presidencies. Laverne Smith and Associates has worked with the Mount in the past and was the firm engaged to support our last presidential search.

Process and timing

The search committee will soon have its first meeting with the search consultant to develop a survey to gather the input of Mount faculty, staff, students, alumnae, members of the Board of Governors and other community leaders regarding the opportunities and challenges facing the new President as well as desired attributes.

The committee will review the aggregated information and use it as a guide in the search process. The search agency and committee will then create an overview of the role and issue an invitation for applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of President and Vice-Chancellor. In the meantime a general ad has been created.

All nominations for the role of President and Vice-Chancellor can be forwarded throughout the duration of the search to MSVU@lavernesmith.com.

Based on the work with the search firm and outreach to potential candidates, a short list will be determined and interviews will take place with the search committee over the late summer and into the fall.

We expect to announce the appointment of the new president in early 2017. It is anticipated the new President will work with Dr. Lumpkin over the summer months to transition the office and responsibilities.

Feedback

Feedback will be sought throughout this process and it’s anticipated that a recommendation will be made to the Board of Governors later this year. If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me via boardchair@msvu.ca.

Jolene Mahody

Chair of Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee