Search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University

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 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

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

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