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