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.


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