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

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 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

Jolene Mahody

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