MSVU is beginning the search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM, is currently the Interim President and Vice-Chancellor.  She is a respected leader and university administrator and served as President and Vice-Chancellor for seven years before retiring in 2017. It is with a great deal of gratitude that we acknowledge Ramona’s leadership through our period of transition.

The search for a new president includes opportunities for input from a wide range of representatives from MSVU and the establishment of a Presidential Search Committee, representing all constituencies of the university community including faculty, staff, students and alumni.

When reading through the Presidential Search web page, you will find information on the steps and timing (PDF) that will take place in the Committee’s search process. Additionally, the Terms of Reference (PDF) and the Procedures to Guide Confidential Searches for Senior Admin Positions (PDF) have been added. These documents are guiding the work of the Committee.

Presidential Search Update – October 22, 2022

Message to the MSVU Community

I am writing on behalf of the Presidential Search Committee with an update on the search for MSVU’s next President and Vice -Chancellor.

The Committee recently met, and I am pleased to inform you that the search process is well underway, and we are on track to meet the targeted timelines.

Working with Griffith Group, the firm supporting the search, and with input from the MSVU community and other stakeholders, a detailed candidate brief has been created and is being shared with candidates.

There has been significant interest in the position, and I’m pleased to report that we have a robust list of applicants already.  That said, we want to continue to encourage additional submissions for the role; individuals interested in the position can contact Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) of Griffith Group directly or members of the MSVU community can send her their nominations.

Also, while the survey to inform the candidate profile and advertisement is no longer in place, you can contact Jane at any time with input. Alternatively, you can also contact me via board.chair@msvu.ca. A sincere thank you to those of you who took the time to respond to the survey, or to attend one of the stakeholder meetings hosted by committee members. Your input in this process is incredibly valuable.

The search committee will meet again in November for equity, diversity, and inclusion training with a focus on unconscious bias training. In December, we will meet to review a long list of candidates. This is in preparation to hold interviews with a short list of candidates in the new year.

We recognize that many members of the community are interested to learn more about the status of the search and are looking to committee members for updates. We will continue to provide as much information as possible while recognizing that, as in any search of this kind and at this stage in the process, some details (including details about candidates) must be kept confidential.

I am committed to continuing to provide you with timely updates as we move through the stages of the presidential search. Let me know if you have any questions as this important work is undertaken by the committee.

Regards,

Amanda Dean
Chair of Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
board.chair@msvu.ca

Previous Updates:

Presidential Search Update – September 9, 2021

To the MSVU Community,

I am writing to provide an update on the work of the Presidential Search Committee, in collaboration with Griffith Group, the firm that was chosen to support the search.

The committee recently met to review the input received as a result of their outreach to their respective groups. Thank you to all who participated in a discussion or responded to a survey.

The input from all groups including faculty, staff, students, Board members, alumni, donors and supporters is invaluable to the process to select a new President for the University. In fact, your input has been incorporated into the advertisement that is attached, and is being posted across a number of outlets including our website.

For those who were not able to participate there is still opportunity to do so. Please find a link to a shortened version of the survey. The survey remains confidential and anonymous. The more input that we receive, the more we know that our next President and Vice-Chancellor will accurately represent the MSVU community.

If you have nominations for the role of President and Vice-Chancellor these can be forwarded throughout the duration of the search to jane@griffithgroup.ca. Please continue to check the website for updates as we move along.

If you have any question about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me via board.chair@msvu.ca.

Regards,

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


Search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University – July 29, 2021

MSVU is beginning the search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM, is currently the Interim President and Vice-Chancellor.  She is a respected leader and university administrator and served as President and Vice-Chancellor for seven years before retiring in 2017. It is with a great deal of gratitude that we acknowledge Ramona’s leadership through our period of transition.

As Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee I am writing to update you on the work that is taking place to support the search for a new president.  The process includes opportunities for input from a wide range of representatives from MSVU and the establishment of a Presidential Search Committee, representing all constituencies of the university community including faculty, staff, students and alumni.

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, Griffith Group, was selected through a competitive bidding process through a review of proposals, and presentations to the Committee from short-listed contenders.  Founded by Jane Griffith, the search firm has experience providing search services to academic, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and are committed to supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The search committee has held some initial meetings and are now focused on reaching out to their constituency groups with an invitation to participate in an information-seeking session.   Should the timing of the session be problematic, there will also be an opportunity to complete an online survey.  The survey will be anonymous and all members of the MSVU and broader community are encouraged to provide their input.  Your thoughtful responses and input will be critical to ensuring the Search Committee has a clear vision of what we need to look for in the next President and Vice-Chancellor, to ensure their qualities will reinforce an ability to deliver our Strategic Plan.  If you are not contacted by one of the search committee members but want to provide your input please contact Jane Griffith at jane@griffithgroup.ca and she will follow up with you.

The committee will review the aggregated information and use it as a guide in the search process. The search firm 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 role description (PDF) has been created for the position.

If you have nominations for the role of President and Vice-Chancellor these can be forwarded throughout the duration of the search to jane@griffithgroup.ca.

When reading through the Presidential Search web page, you will find information on the steps and timing (PDF) that will take place in the Committee’s search process. Additionally, the Terms of Reference (PDF) and the Procedures to Guide Confidential Searches for Senior Admin Positions (PDF) have been added. These documents are guiding the work of the Committee.

We expect to announce the appointment of the new President and Vice-Chancellor in the Spring of 2022.

Feedback will be sought throughout this process and if you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me via board.chair@msvu.ca.

I look forward to keeping you updated as the search process progresses.

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